Theo Jansen exhibited in many leading art institutions around the world, including Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE (2019); National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, IT (2019); Fundación Mar Adentro, Santiago, CL (2018); San Fransisco Exploratorium, USA (2016); Tamagawa Ennichi, Tokyo, JP (2015); Palais de Tokyo, FR (2015). He gives lectures about his work worldwide. In the Netherlands he showed his animals in and around leading art institutions, including Elektriciteitsfabriek, The Hague (2014); Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011); Kunsthal Rotterdam (2003); Centraal Museum, Utrecht (1999); Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam (1994). He holds public demonstrations on the beach at Scheveningen. Jansen lives and works in The Hague. The computer program that Theo Jansen developed for his beach animals in 1991 became internationally famous. In 2016, NASA invited him to a think tank that designs autonomous engines for future space missions to Venus. Jansen has many admirers worldwide, who use the unique mechanics of his work as a starting point for the development of fundamental ideas in the scientific and arts field.
In 2016, Theo Jansen received the Barnett & Annalee Newman Foundation Award, granted by artist Frank Stella.
From 1986 to 2008 Jansen wrote the column ‘Reflection’ in ‘de Volkskrant’. A selection of these were published in the book ‘Klimmen in de lucht’ (Climbing in the air). In 2002 he won an oeuvre prize at the Witteveen + Bos prize for Art + Technology. In 2007 Jansen published the book ‘De Grote Fantast’ about the development process of his beach animals. In 2014, the photo album ‘Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen’ by the Russian-American photographer Lena Herzog was published. In 2016 Jansen received the Brilliant Artist of the Year 2017 award, in November 2017 he was named Artist of the Year 2018 and in 2018 he received the The Hague Culture Prize. In 2019 he received the Pierre Giannadda Prix de la Fondation at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.