Lars von Trier's Melancholia: The Diamond

Lars von Trier is a voice that contemporary culture really listens to, with ever-apprehensive enjoyment. Now, for the first time in more than twenty years, he presents a new work conceived for an exhibition context at M HKA.


The first documentary von Trier made at film school was about diamonds, and the fascination with these stones has stayed with him ever since. A few years ago, he launched the idea to ‘execute re-workings of carefully selected diamonds that thematically each spring from one of my films’.

To rearticulate the hard core of his film Melancholia, released in 2011, von Trier had a rare twin diamond – two stones grown together hundreds of millions of years ago – cut in ambiguous ways: neither raw nor finished with all the polished surfaces required by the diamond industry. As far as we know, this is the only diamond of its caste (around 12 carats) to have been fashioned into a thought-form rather than a wearable work of art. It could not be mounted in a ring or brooch; it could only be held and turned by a viewer inspecting its carefully calibrated irregularities.

Cinema Zuid

‘Melancholia: The Diamond’ is accompanied by a comprehensive screening programme at Cinema Zuid, the art-house cinema that is part of M HKA. All of Lars von Trier’s films, including his latest release The House That Jack Built, will be shown there in February, March and April 2019.



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From: 2019-02-08 Until: 2019-05-05
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