Christian Marclay: The Clock

Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010

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This fall the WAG presents Christian Marclay’s The Clock as part of our continuing partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, NCG@WAG.

Marclay’s extraordinary production has garnered international acclaim and wowed audiences since it first went on display at White Cube in London in 2010. The work went on to win a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennial in 2011. The Clock is an ode to time and cinema made up of thousands of film clips compiled into a 24-hour single channel real time video. This ambitious project explores the wonderment and illusion of cinema through a dizzying chronology in which theatrical and real time fold into one.

Christian Marclay was born in California, raised in Switzerland and is now based between New York and London. He became fascinated with collaging sound and image in the late 1970s while he was a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and Cooper Union in New York. Marclay played music with bands in underground club scenes, using records and turntables. His innovative artistic practice continues to combine aural and visual sources with a keen sensibility toward complex editing, sampling and looping techniques. Christian Marclay’s experimental work with sound, video, and film has been extremely influential on a younger generation of artists for whom the idea of digital sampling and mixing recordings is now a given.

The National Gallery of Canada at the Winnipeg Art Gallery is a three-year collaborative partnership that features a series of exclusive exhibitions at the WAG drawn from the NGC's extensive contemporary art collection.

Access to the exhibition space is subject to availability; limited seated and standing room. Undetermined waiting time is to be expected. No reservations. No photography or recording.

Purchased 2011 with the generous support of Jay Smith and Laura Rapp, and Carol and Morton Rapp, Toronto. Jointly owned by the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Winnipeg Free Press - An epic depiction of unreal time you can set your watch by, Randall King

Shaw TV Winnipeg - The Clock, 24 Hour Movie @ the WAG

CBC Manitoba Scene • Time to go see The Clock at the WAG, Alison Gillmor

The New Yorker - How Christian Marclay created the ultimate digital mosaic

CBC - It's OK to let time pass by, Alison Gillmor

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Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Christian Marclay The Clock

    Find out why Canadian Art called The Clock the single most celebrated work of 21st-century art in the world

    Thursday October 10, 2013 at 7pm

  • Time Travellers Family Sunday

    It's all about time at this fun-filled family afternoon.

    Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 1:30pm to 4pm

  • Christian Marclay's The Clock

    A discussion of this award-winning film with Curator Paul Butler, followed by a screening.

    Wednesday October 16, 2013 at 12pm

  • Gallery Ball 2013

    Join in the gala event of the season with the WAG's Gallery Ball. The Ball raises funds for youth programming at the WAG, a staple in our community for over 75 years.

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 6pm to 12am

  • The Clock - 24-hour screenings

    Your chance to see this unique film in its entirely over the full 24-hour period it represents.

    Friday, November 1, 2013 to Saturday, November 2, 2013
    Friday, November 22, 2013 to Saturday, November 23, 2013
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Tick Talk: A panel discussion about The Clock

    Friday November 22, 2013 at 7:30pm

  • Art Eats: The Clock

    Dinner at Storm Bistro, curator talk, and exclusive viewing of Christian Marclay's The Clock.

    Thursday December 5, 2013 at 6pm


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