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Anna Popova (Annushk… on November 12, 2009

Museum HR Geiger in Gruyeres - Музей известного художника Гигера в Грюйере

H. R. Giger is recognized as one of the world’s foremost artists of Fantastic Realism. H.R. Giger was born in Chur, Switzerland, in 1940. As a child he developed a strong passion for all things surreal and macabre. His need to express himself and share the unique aspects of his powerful imagination drew him to the visual arts. Giger’s own dreams and the brilliant imagery of such fantastic geniuses as Gustav Meyrink, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Kubin and H.P. Lovecraft combined to form a rich soil from which the amazing imagery of Giger’s own art has come to sprout. It has since bloomed into the vast wealth of exotic women, wondrously bizarre landscapes, and frightening creatures that have captured the fascination of millions of fans worldwide.

Meticulously detailed, Giger’s paintings are usually done in large formats and worked and reworked by this maestro of the airbrush. It was Giger’s popular art book, ‘Necronomicon’, that caught the eye of director Ridley Scott as he was searching for the right look for a creature in his upcoming film. That creature, of course, turned out to be the Alien, and Giger’s masterful designs for the film of the same name garnered him a much-deserved Academy Award.

Giger’s fascinating biomechanical style, that brilliant synthesis of flesh and machine, has been realized not only through his remarkable paintings but also via sculpture pieces, elegantly fashioned furniture, and architectural and interior design projects. His paintings have been displayed in galleries and museums throughout the world.

Giger’s alien aesthetic, his ‘biomechanics’, goes beyond talent, and even art. It enters the rarified realm of the near magical, and certainly the land of genius. The ensuing art is a mere taste of the phenomenal oeuvre that this unique Swiss maestro has created.

In 1990, on the occasion of his 50th birthday, HR Giger was invited to mount a major retrospective of his work at the Château de Gruyères. The exhibition, ‘Alien dans ses meubles’, was a huge success and was attended by 110,000 visitors.

After many visits to the medieval village of Gruyères, HR Giger fell in love with this wondrous region. And when he heard from Etienne Chatton that the fortress structure further below, the Château St. Germain, was up for sale, the idea to establish his own museum and a Center of Fantastic Art was born: on September 11, 1997, he acquired the Château. With the help of the architect Roger Cottier, the former museum director Barbara Gawrysiak and the invaluable support of the many co-workers, the museum opened (most of its) doors on June 21, 1998.

On permanent display at the museum is the most extensive collection of artworks from Giger’s different creative periods. In addition to such seminal works as ‘The Spell’ and the ‘Passages’ series, the museum houses, intact, most of Giger’s film designs, including the artwork of ‘Alien’ and ‘Alien 3’, ‘Dune’, ‘Species’, ‘Poltergeist 2’ and ‘The Mystery of San Gottardo’.

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