Hansruedi Giger

H.R. Giger auf der Tattoo Convention in Berlin (Mitte 1990er)
H.R. Giger on the Tattoo Convention in Berlin (center 1990er)

Hansruedi Giger, actually Hans Rudolf Giger (* 5. February 1940 in Chur), is a Swiss painter and educating artist.

Beside his important pictorial work the artist creates also diagrams, sculptures and furniture. Recurring topic of its works is the term of the bio mechanics coined/shaped considerably by it, which in the alive one primarily the mechanical stresses and often works in interaction with sexual suggestions on the viewer disturbing to more makaber.

Gigers work can be added to the Surrealismus, and compared with the most famous representative of this style direction, Salvador Dalí, becomes clear, how different the point of view is Gigers into the world.

Became Giger admits Alien, which brought in a OSCAR for him to a broader public by its work for the film.

HR Giger lives and works in Zurich.


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3 bibliography 4 literature of 5 Web on the left of [work on] works [work on] in oil. As Giger 1972 the spray gun (Airbrush) for itself discovered, became this its preferential mark way. In the following 20 years about 600 paintings developed broadly, some of it over four meters. Beginning of the nineties gave up to Giger the painting, in order to dedicate itself to the three-dimensional work completely.


Giger created his first sculptures in the sixties from polyester. Later also objects from bronze, aluminum and other materials developed. In the nineties Giger for its Zodiacbrunnen created the twelve Tierkreiszeichen as Biomechanoiden. Since then it no more does not paint, is occupied Giger among other things to convert some its earlier pictures into the three-dimensional for example the bearing machine and the passages.


the most well-known piece of furniture Gigers is the Harkonnen chair sketched for the film dune. Besides Giger in addition, tables, mirrors, lamps and other one sketched.

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  • at the beginning of 90's - DarkSeed a tendencyful Adventure

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1988 developed in Tokyo the first Giger bar, which was again closed however after few years. 1992 were opened in Gigers birth city Chur the second Giger bar. In the New Yorker discotheque Limelight existed from 1998 to the locking of the discotheque in the year 2002 of the HR Giger Room. 1998 opened the museum HR Giger, that in Gruyères , canton Freiburg in Switzerland in the lock pc. Germain is accommodated. In the year 2003 a further bar followed in Gruyères.


  • 1971 - ARh+
  • 1974 - passages
  • 1976 - HR Giger with Sydow Zirkwitz (exhibition catalog)
  • 1977 - Necronomicon (ISBN 3855910197)
  • 1980 - Giger' s Alien
  • 1981 - HR Giger' s New York town center
  • 1984 - Retrospective 1964-1984 (exhibition catalog)
  • 1985 - Necronomicon 2 (ISBN 3855910200)
  • 1988 - biomechanic
  • 1991 - HR Giger ARh+ (ISBN 3822813176) (not identically to the book the of the same name of 1971)
  • 1992 - sketches 1985
  • 1993 - Watch modification' 93 (exhibition catalog)
  • 1995 - Species Design
  • 1996 - film Design
  • 1996 - www HRGiger com
  • 1996 - Visioni the fine millennio (exhibition catalog)
  • 1998 - monster from the ID
  • 1998 - The Mystery OF San Gottardo
  • 2002 - Icons „HR Giger “
  • 2004 - Le Monde Selon HR Giger (exhibition catalog)
  • 2005 - HR Giger in Prague (exhibition catalog)


  • H.R. Giger: H.R. Gigers Vampirric, Vampirgeschichten, illustrated, arranged and with preface provide 2003, ISBN 3935822588 Andreas Gössling from
  • H.R.Giger: DEA MORTIS illustrates from H. R. Giger. Knaur publishing house, 2005, ISBN 3-426-66200-0

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