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HR Giger: The Oeuvre Before Alien 1961-1976


168 pages
Edited by Beat Stutzer
26.5 x 20 cm
Language: English
Publisher: Scheidegger & Spiess
Second edition

HR Giger (1940–2014) remains one of the outstanding figures in Swiss art and design history. He achieved international fame in 1979 for designing the fantastic creatures and eerie environments that terrified moviegoers in Ridley Scott’s science fiction film Alien. Yet, before these iconic creations made him a celebrity and won him an Academy Award for visual effects, Giger was already highly regarded in the international art world of the 1960s and 1970s, for taking one of the most independent positions in the succession of Surrealism.

First published in 2007, this only book to date on HR Giger’s early work features a comprehensive collection of his drawings, early airbrush paintings, and designs for oppressive environments. It examines Giger’s art from its origins and places it in an art history of horror. Most of the works shown in this volume are only rarely on public display. Here they are presented in dialogue with works by distinguished precursors such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Francisco de Goya, Henry Fuseli, Max Klinger, and James Ensor.