Museumsuferfest 2019

23.08.2019 — 25.08.2019

The Frankfurter Kunstverein has invited Yves Netzhammer, Theo Jansen, and Takayuki Todo to present a selection of their works in solo shows, under the shared thematic title Empathic Systems.” The exhibition revolves around the complex emotional relationship between humans and technology. Communication processes no longer only happen from human to human, but between humans and technology. Digital technologies are also increasingly exchanging data solely between each other.

The works of the three artists use varying aesthetics and result from completely different artistic processes. Nonetheless, all the works share a corporeal appearance despite being synthetically made. They are capable of touching the viewer solely through the form of their physical activity in space, beyond any recognizable linguistic conceptualization.

Theo Jansen creates expansive kinetic sculptures and describes them as a new form of non-biological life. He builds the sculptures from synthetic materials such as polyurethane tubes, cable ties, and plastic bottles. The creatures he constructs are then are set in motion by wind, building up kinetic energy to start moving.

During the Museumsuferfest the visitors can see the “Strandbeests” in action in. “Umerus” will be periodically animated by compressors.


Opening hours:

Fri – Sat: 11 am – 10 pm

Sun: 11 am – 8 pm



Saturday, August 24

12 am until 7 pm

Animation “Strandbeests”

5 pm

Guided Tour through the exhibitions Yves Netzhammer – Theo Jansen – Takayuki Todo “Empathic Systems”


Sunday, August 25

12 am until 7 pm

Animation “Strandbeests”

2 pm

Guided Tour through the exhibitions Yves Netzhammer – Theo Jansen – Takayuki Todo “Empathic Systems”


The Museumsuferfest-Button costs 7 € and is from now on available at the Frankfurter Kunstverein as well as in all participating Museums and the Tourist Information Offices Römerberg and Main Train Station. Holders of the button have free admission to all participating museums for the duration of the festival from Friday, August 23 from 3pm to Sunday, August 25, 2019.

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