Theo Jansen, Strandbeest Drawings; Heden, The Hague

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Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests (Beach Beasts) are internationally renowned and valued.

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As Jansen often uses The Hague beach to experiment with his automobile creatures they have become iconic of The Hague as well.

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The strange thing is that too few people in this provincial town seem to realize that.

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Why should culturally interested tourists in The Hague flock to M.C. Escher while there is a Strandbeest by Theo Jansen currently on show at Heden gallery?

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Why should Karel Appel be a national artistic hero while Theo Jansen could be one as well?

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Apart from the Strandbeest there is more on show at Heden.

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In fact Heden wants to exhibit Jansen’s drawings in the first place, but of course the real thing is stealing the show.

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The drawings with their surprisingly elegant detailing are very interesting though.

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In the basement of the gallery are some “fossils” of Beach Beasts to be seen, which makes it a bit of a paleontological affair.

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To be seen are of course other Jansenalia like the Taschen edition Strandbeest with gorgeous pictures and mini-d.i.y.-strandbeesten.

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Bertus Pieters

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