10.11.2017
29.7.2018

Lars von Trier

THE GOOD WITH THE EVIL

International exhibition at Brandts in Denmark about one of the most important film directors of our time

It is our great pleasure to present this autumn’s major exhibition at Brandts: Lars von Trier – The good with the evil. For the first time, this exhibition provides a retrospective overview of the work of Danish film’s greatest master, highlighting the main themes of his world-renowned cinematic career.

With works such as The Kingdom, Breaking the Waves, The Idiots, Dancer in the Dark, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier (b. 1956) has distinguished himself as a leading figure of contemporary cinema over the past thirty years. With his controversial narrative style, he has renewed the arthouse film scene and deepened our insight into existential themes such as life and death, sexuality and apocalyptic downfall. In films full of beautifully hypnotic images, von Trier has captivated audiences across the world. In this autumn’s exhibition, Brandts tells the story of the filmmaker for who takes the good with the evil.

Von Trier gained international attention with his very first feature films, The Element of Crime, Epidemic and Europa – the so-called Europa Trilogy. The TV series The Kingdom gave him his popular breakthrough, and it was here that he introduced his audience to the notion to take the good with the evil. However, if von Trier’s films are mostly focused on evil, it’s because that’s where the best images are, as he says.

Breaking the Waves is the first film in the ‘Golden Heart Trilogy’, which also includes the Dogma films The Idiots and the musical Dancer in the Dark. Dogville and Manderlay make up the unfinished USA Trilogy, while Melancholia, Antichrist and Nymphomaniac form the ‘Depression Trilogy’. Von Trier’s next film, the serial killer drama The House That Jack Built, will premiere in 2018.

The exhibition provides a retrospective overview of Trier’s work in the form of film clips, interviews, documents, manuscripts, props from the films and much more. Visitors will be able to ‘look over the shoulder’ of the director and gain insight into his deeply original approach to the possibilities of cinema. In a thematic tour through von Trier’s visual imagery, the exhibition focuses on the way his films challenge the relationship between form and content, ethics and aesthetics, and not least on his experimental play with genres. Lars von Trier – The good with the evil presents a portrait of a director who has uncompromisingly challenged the medium of cinema, himself and his actors to achieve the impossible: authentic emotions and narrative amid the foregrounding of the film as fiction and construction.

Lars von Trier – The good with the evil was created in close collaboration between Brandts and Zentropa. To accompany the exhibition, Brandts is publishing a richly illustrated book about Lars von Trier, edited by Peter Schepelern with contributions from a wide range of international film experts, cast members and collaborators.

The exhibition is supported by the Nordea Foundation, the Knud Højgaard Foundation and the Beckett Foundation

Facts:

Place: Brandts Museum of Art & Visual Culture, Brandts Torv 1, 5000 Odense C, Denmark

The following people are available for interviews:
Mads Damsbo, director of Brandts (please contact Tine Jørgensen to make an appointment)
Peter Aalbæk Jensen, former director of Zentropa (please contact Sophie Frandsen to make an appointment)
Peter Schepelern, Emeritus Associate Professor and editor of the von Trier book (please contact Sophie Frandsen to make an appointment)

For further information please contact:
Brandts: Leslie Ann Schmidt, PR and Marketing Officer, tel. (+45) 2753 7025/presse@brandts.dk
Zentropa: Sophie Frandsen, Head of New Business, tel. (+45) 2891 1810/sophie@trustnordisk.com

Lars Von Trier

Photo: Christian Geisnæs

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Europa

Europa (1991),
Photo: Rolf Konow

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Melancholia

Melancholia (2011)
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Lars von Trier

Photo: Christian Geisnæs

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Lars von Trier

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Dogville

Dogville (2003), Photo: Rolf Konow

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Antichrist

Antichrist (2009), Zentropa, frame grap

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Antichrist

Antichrist (2009), Photo: Christian Geisnæs

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Nymphomaniac

Nymphomaniac (2013). Lars von Trier instructing Stellan Skarsgård and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Photo: Christian Geisnæs

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