June 20, 2020 — September 20, 2020
Special Exhibition Galleries
Ten “beach animals” will spend the summer at the Chrysler Museum of Art, and visitors will have the opportunity to see some of them reanimated in a gallery setting. The Strandbeests, creations of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, are large, kinetic works of art engineered to be moved by the wind as natural, self-sustaining animals. Each spring, Jansen brings to life a new creature that spends the summer on the beaches of Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands. By fall, the year’s new “beest” becomes extinct and is resigned to the fossil yard and then traveled around the world for audiences to enjoy. These lumbering yet delicate creatures evoke wonder and empathy, provoke questions about the nature of life and remind us of our own vulnerability in the face of climate change.