2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary science-fiction film Alien (1979 R. Scott) whose creature and main visual concept were created by the Swiss artist Hansruedi GIGER (1940-2014). On that occasion Kyiv will welcome for the first time in Ukraine some “Aliens” coming from Switzerland! A retrospective exhibition of HR GIGER is organized at the Dovzhenko Center from May 30th to June 30th, presenting original artworks and film/documentaries. Side-events will also take place at the Dovzhenko Center and at the Triptych Gallery. “Aliens” will be fully part of the 48th KIFF Molodist festival with the opening of the retrospective exhibition of HR GIGER on May 30, a special screening of “Alien” on May 27th in Cinema Kyiv and a concert of the industrial electro-rock band Young Gods, presenting their new album DATA MIRAGE TANGRAM, at the MonteRay Club on June 2nd. By presenting these “Aliens”, we intend to go beyond the clichés and make known another facet of Switzerland, probably less traditional, but just as important for its identity and its influence; an innovative and visionary country. These events will certainly provoke interesting and useful exchanges of views, supporting both Switzerland and Ukraine in shaping their own future.
HR GIGER, enfant terrible of world art, "father of bio-punk", is the author of the most recognizable image of a monster in the world of cinema – the Alien. The film changed forever the genres of sci-fi and horror, greatly influenced pop culture and design in cinema, comics and computer games. Dovzhenko Center will present from May 30th to June 30th “ALIENation: an HR Giger retrospective”. Original artworks of the Oscar winner for the best visual effects, HR GIGER will be showcased for the first time in Ukraine. Among the most impressive works there is the two-meter big ‘Alien’ sculpture, 6 other sculptures and 32 original graphic works from the 1960s till 2000s, both iconic and rare, reflecting the artist's search at various stages of his creative path. Visitors will see the ‘Biomechanoids’ dating from the 1960s, ‘Trip-Tychon’ dating from 1970, the biomechanical landscapes dating from the 1970s, the encyclopedic self-portrait dating from 1976, the early concept-art for Alejandro Jodorowski’s never-to-be-realized film ‘Dune’ and for the movie ‘Alien’. The works are provided by HR Giger Museum (Gruyères, Switzerland), founded in 1998 by the artist himself.
Works by HR Giger have found their reflection and implementation in the music field, where he has many fans who actively use the artist's assets to visualize their own works. The musical works of the cult industrial rock band ‘The Young Gods’ have become an ideal live-soundtrack to the movie ‘Swiss Made 2069’, with HR Giger as one of the directors. ‘The Young Gods’ is one of the most innovative and influential bands in Europe in the last 30 years. Their work inspired artists such as Pitchshifter, Mike Patton, Sepultura, The Edge (U2), Devin Townsend, Ithak, Econoline Crush and even David Bowie. ‘The Young Gods’ was founded in Switzerland in 1985 and since then has released 12 studio albums. The release of the last of them, "Data Mirage Tangram," was held in February 2019. Tickets are already available via the link: https://concert.ua/ru/event/the-young-gods.
HANS RUDOLF GIGER, 1940-2014
Born in Chur (Switzerland) in a pharmacist’s family. In the end of 1957-66, he studied at the art schools of Zürich, published his graphic works in underground magazines, and worked on applied design. He was interested in Freud and had a graphic diary of his horror dream. In 1966, he met his muse - actress Li Tobler, whose features can be guessed in his numerous works. He debuted in the cinema in 1968, in the arthouse sci-fi film ‘Swissmade 2069’, where he starred himself, and where his Alien image first appeared. HR Giger also worked together with director Alejandro Jodorowski and writer Dan O'Bannon on the project of the film ‘Dune’, which, unfortunately, has never been realized (later the film was made by David Lynch). However, a series of drawings to the film gained a cult status and influenced many artists. As a result of this project, O'Bannon, a scriptwriter of the film ‘Alien’, invited HR Giger for further collaboration. It is interesting that the first sketches were not accepted by the 20th Century Fox, because the studio considered them too eccentric, thought that the audience would not understand them. However, director Ridley Scott, impressed by HR Giger's book ‘Necronomicon’, addressed the artist again and insisted on his involvement. For the first ‘Alien’ HR Giger created not only the design of characters, but a whole world – atmospheric environments, interior, exterior, backplanes, scenery, landscapes. In 1980, HR Giger was awarded with Oscar for visual effects. Later, the artist worked on the horror films ‘Poltergeist 2’ (1986) and ‘Species’ (1995). HR Giger also had a close relationship with the music industry: he is the author of the microphone stand of Korn’s soloist, the electric guitars of Ibanez, album covers of Emerson, Lake and Palmer albums, Debbie Harry (included by the Rolling Stone magazine to the 100 Greatest Albums covers), as well as Danzig, Shiver, County Morgue, Celtic Frost, Triptykon and many more.
Dovzhenko Center: “ALIENation: an HR Giger retrospective” & side-events (May 30th – June 30th)
32 original graphic works and 7 sculptures dating from the 1960s till 2000s, both iconic and rare, reflecting the artist's search at various stages of his creative path, from can be viewed at the exhibition in the hall of the Dovzhenko-Center from May 30 to June 30. In the exposition, viewers will see the ‘Biomechanoids’ dating from the 1960s, ‘Trip-Tychon’ dating from 1970, the biomechanical landscapes dating from the 1970s, the encyclopedic self-portrait dating from 1976, the early concept-art for Alejandro Jodorowski’s never-to-be-realized film ‘Dune’ and for the movie ‘Alien’. Among the most impressive works there is the two-meter big ‘Alien’ sculpture. The works were provided by HR Giger Museum (Gruyères, Switzerland), founded 1998 by the artist himself.
The visitors can find out more about the artist and his work watching the documentary ‘Dark Star: World of H.R. Giger’ (‘Dark Star: H. R. Gigers Welt’, 2014, directed by Belinda Sullin) and participating in the public lectures about cinema organized by the Dovzhenko Center where movies will be screened which have been filmed in the 1960s till 1980s during the lifetime of the artist and with his direct participation.
In the framework of the exhibition, Dovzhenko Center scheduled a parallel program *, the first events of which will be held on May 30:
- 18:00 - special musical performance of the Ukrainian Improvisational Orchestra under the guidance of Dmytro Radzetsky, inspired by HR Giger
- 19:00 within the exhibition of HR Giger, a lecture by Marko Witzig, curator of the HR Giger Museum and a personal friend of HR Giger will be held
* The program of events will be announced later.
INFORMATION FOR VISITORS:
Exhibition: HR GIGER. ALIENation
Venue: Dovzhenko Center, vul. Vasylkivska, 1, M. Golosiivska
Date: May 30 - June 30, 2019
Opening hours: 12:00 - 20:00 (Monday day off)
Admission fee: 80 UAH
Special rate ticket: 50 UAH for students and pensioners against presentation of valid identity document. Admission for children under 16 – only accompanied by adults, at the price of a special rate ticket. Free admission for employees of museums, persons with disabilities of 1st and 2nd group, combat veterans against presentation of a valid identity document.
KIFF Molodist and “Alien”
27.05, 19.30 h - screening of the restored version of the film "Alien" (1979) with Ukrainian subtitles within the framework of KIFF "Molodist", Cinema "Kyiv", vul. Velyka Vasylkivska, 19
29.05. – screening of documentary film "Memory: The Origins of Alien’ directed by Alexandre O. Philippe
On May 27 at 7:30 pm, the restored copy of the legendary film ‘Alien’ will be screened. The first film of the future franchise appeared 40 years ago - in 1979. It has once for all transformed the perception of the genres of horror and science fiction by the viewers. Thanks to this, the artist became the winner of the Oscar for "Best Visual Effects". Also, within the framework of special events of ‘Molodist’, an American documentary film "Memory: The Origins of Alien’ directed by Alexandre O. Philippe will be screened. This film explores the mystical roots on which the concept of ‘Alien’ is based - Egyptian and Greek mythology, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon and Giger.
The electro-rock band THE YOUNG GODS – Concert at MonteRay Club
Works by HR Giger have found their reflection and implementation in the music field, where he has many fans who actively use the artist's assets to visualize their own works. An echo and interaction with HR Giger's work were found among the niche rock musicians in particular. For example, such metal rock representatives as Danzig, Carcass, and Atrocity considered the art works of the master the best visualization of their sounds and displayed them on the covers of their albums.
The musical works of the cult industrial rock band ‘The Young Gods’ have become an ideal live-soundtrack to the movie ‘Swiss Made 2069’, with HR Giger as one of the directors. At the concert of ‘The Young Gods’ in Kyiv you can feel and absorb the artist's energy and mood through music as a conductor. The concert was scheduled as one of the events dedicated to the 40-th anniversary of the film ‘Alien’ for June 2.
‘The Young Gods’ is one of the most innovative and influential bands in Europe in the last 30 years. Their work inspired artists such as Pitchshifter, Mike Patton, Sepultura, The Edge (U2), Devin Townsend, Ithak, Econoline Crush and even David Bowie. ‘The Young Gods’ was founded in 1985 and since then has released 12 studio albums, the release of the last of them, "Data Mirage Tangram," was held in February 2019. In spring, the group completed a tour in more than 50 European cities.
Triptych Gallery: side-event exhibition "Camera Obscura. Giger and photography. 1950-1960s"
30.05 - 12.06 Exhibition "Camera Obscura. Giger and photography. 1950-1960s ". Triptych Gallery: Global Arts Workshop, Andrew's Descent, 34. Daily, 11.00 - 19.00, entrance is free.