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Giger Museum Review

This museum houses the largest collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, and film designs by the enormously talented but equally tormented H.R. Giger. The Swiss surrealist won an Academy Award for his set design for the horror film Alien; he's not likely to win any prizes for his cheerful, healthy outlook on life (or women). That said, a few of his sculpture/furniture pieces are very good. Most people will get enough of an idea about the artist just by sitting in the Giger Bar, opposite the museum. Here you can admire ceiling buttresses that look like elongated backbones with ribs, and his ingenious trademark chairs: yet more spines and ribs, with pelvises for headrests.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Fribourg 1663
  • Phone: 026/9212200
  • Cost: 12.50 SF
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 10–6; Nov.–Mar., Tues.–Fri. 1–5, weekends 10–6, closed Mon.
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  • Location: Gruyères
Updated: 09-18-2012

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