HR Giger – The Art of Biomechanics

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz
Vernissage: Wed 5.9. 19:00
Exhibitiontour with HR Giger including book-signing: Thu 5.9. 14:30
Thu 5. 9. 10:00 – 21:00
Fri 6. – Mon 9. 9. 10:00 – 19:00

Ars Electronica’s featured artist is HR Giger. The painter, graphic artist and designer was born in 1940 in Switzerland. He’s an art world outsider and the legendary creator of biomechanics and the Oscar-winning creature in “Alien.” This embodiment of fear and horror, the intruder from beyond in Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi film, has been a pop culture icon since 1980 and made Giger’s inimitable style world famous.

Giger is part of the 1960s avant-garde but his roots extend back into the art history of the 19th century. He is indeed a painter, but has made the airbrush his primary tool.

Fears and Obsessions

As one of the leading innovators in the fantastic art genre, Giger’s art draws upon his childhood fears and obsessions, above all humankind’s collective fears of global atomic warfare and of being victimized by technological progress. Obsessed by the cycle of birth, eros and death, the artist merges technology, mechanics and organic creatures into frightening “bio-mechanoids” and thus visions that anticipated cyborgs.

From Necronom to Prometheus

The exhibition in Linz’s Lentos Art Museum features paintings, drawings, films and sculptures that reveal the development of Giger’s biomechanical style. Accompanied by original props, design sketches and the Alien Diaries, the exhibition traces his career from the Necronom cycle from the 1970s to Alien and all the way to Prometheus, Giger’s latest design—once again for a film by Ridley Scott.

Alien Diaries

Zu den Raritäten der Ausstellung zählen Gigers legendäre Alien-Diaries aus den Jahren 1978 und 1979. Erstmals liegen sie nun als Buch vor, das mit der Ausstellungsvernissage im LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz in den Handel kommt und auch bei einer Signierstunde mit dem Künstler erhältlich ist.

Book signing with HR Giger

Thu 5. 9. 15:00
LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

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