The H.R. Giger Museum is the permanent repository of the work of Swiss artist Hans Ruedi Giger. H.R. Giger was born in 1940 in Chur and studied architecture and industrial design in Zürich. In 1980, he won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on the Ridley Scott movie Alien. He died in 2014.
The H.R. Giger Museum is housed inside the Saint-Germain Castle in Gruyères that Giger acquired in September 1997. The four-story castle dates from the late 13th to 14th century and belonged to the Saint-Germain family who lived in Gruyères until 1578. It was adapted for the museum to plans by architect Roger Cottier and opened in 1998.
In addition to showing H.R. Giger's paintings, the museums also displays some of his furniture.
The Harkonnen chairs were created for an unproduced movie version of the novel Dune and designed to resemble a human skeleton. The "Capo" version of the chair features armrests as well as three skulls at the top of the chair.