H.R. Giger working on the Space Jockey sculpture for the film  

NIGHTMARISH scenery, darkly erotic figures, anguish and death, the merging of man and machine. That is what Swiss artist Hans Rudi Giger is known for, besides having created the most terrifying monster in the history of film.

Tampere Art Museum, in association with Deutsches Filmmuseum, presents a rare opportunity to see original works by the master of biomechanical art. Acrylic paintings, sculptures, videos and designs assembled from private collections and Giger’s own archives are on display, revolving around the films he has worked on. The exhibition portrays the personality of H. R. Giger, and paints a scenery of the mind that gave birth to Alien.

“It’s beautiful, the way Giger uses art to unravel his fears and anxieties, transforming the threats into images instead of going out with a gun,” says Director Taina Myllyharju of the Tampere Art Museum, a long-time admirer of Giger’s work. Much to the delight of Myllyharju, the exhibition has brought out an audience rarely encountered at art shows.

Until 5 April
H.R. Giger: Art – Design – Film 3
Tampere Art Museum

“Look around, it’s a Saturday morning and we have a full house,” she smiles. However, the old ladies in their flower hats who usually inhabit art shows are nowhere to be seen. Instead there’s a black-clad crowd of young people, scifi-fans, artists and musicians. “It has been my goal as the Director to bring a new audience to the Museum and give something for people to talk about,” says Myllyharju, and she seems to have been successful. There has been a lot of talk, excitement and hype on the internet even before the exhibition’s opening.

“There is a strong underground scene in Tampere, so this felt like the perfect city for Giger,” Myllyharju says. Judging by the traffic at the front door, she’s right.

Niina Mero