January 17th, 2012 by Leo Plaw Other language versions  

H.R. Giger Retrospective in Hamburg

Mutanten, 2. Zustand, 1967-75, 105 x 127cm, H.R.Giger

Mutanten, 2. Zustand, 1967-75, 105 x 127cm, H.R.Giger

The Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg, Germany is for the first time presenting an extraordinary retrospective exhibition of the great Swiss surrealist HR Giger – with artworks of art from the collection of HR Giger and Marco Witzig (Giger Work Catalog).

The exhibition gives an overview of 40 years of Giger‘s fantastical art work. Giger‘s work is characterized essentially by the recurrent fusion of technology and mechanics with the organic.

In addition to drawings, paintings and sculptures, there is also furniture to be seen and not least of course,  Giger‘s world famous “Alien.” His design for the science fiction film “Alien” in 1980 won an Oscar in the category “Best Visual Effects for Archievement”, which made him internationally renowned.

HR Giger, born 1940 in Chur (Switzerland), studied Architecture and Industrial Design in Zurich. There he created his first pen and ink drawings, “Atom children.” After successfully completing his studies he worked from 1966 as a designer at a furniture company. His first exhibition of his design work led to the status of a respected interior designer. During this period he was also active as an artist, creating numerous sculptures and paintings, like “Birthing” and “Baby Box”. From 1968, Giger worked exclusively as an artist and filmmaker. As scene and costume, he established his style which became known through films like “Alien.” Exhibitions in Switzerland, Austria and Germany followed. Other film projects and exhibitions followed: 1987 Tokyo, 1998 New York City. In 1998, under the shadow of the castle of St. Germain in Gruyères the HR Giger Museum opened and his first graphic novel was published. In Paris in 2004 and followed by Vienna in 2006 and 2011, were two major retrospective exhibitions.

Giger‘s work can be attributed to surrealism, but with a different perspective on the world as Salvador Dali. Influences of Fantastic Realism guided by friendship with representatives of the “Viennese School of Fantastic Realism,” such as Ernst Fuchs are evident.

H.R. Giger Retrospective Exhibition Video ReportVideo and photos of Giger and his exhibition opening are online.




HR Giger – Retrospective

Opening: 20th January 2012, 6pm
Duration: 20 January to 4 March 2012
Opening times: Tues – Sat 2pm – 7pm, Sun 11am – 6pm

Fabrik der Künste
20537 Hamburg
Kreuzbrook 10/12
Tel: 040 / 86 68 57 17

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