Christian Marclay’s Internationally Award-Winning The Clock Opens at the WAG

It’s not just pictures on the walls and big installations. An exhibition of a different nature opens at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on October 11. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Christian  Marclay’s The Clock is a cinematic tour-de-force that unfolds on the screen in real time through thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage. Appropriated from the last 100 years of cinema's rich history, the film clips chronicle the hours and minutes of the 24-hour period, often by displaying a watch or clock.

WAG Director & CEO Stephen Borys notes, “I saw The Clock in Los Angeles in 2011 and then in Ottawa in 2012—and it blew me away! The first time I had planned to watch it for twenty  minutes and ended up staying for two hours. When we were finalizing the NGC@WAG agreement, it was my goal to bring this award-winning work to Winnipeg, and now it is happening. Visitors should be prepared to stay long and rturn a few times to really take in this cinematic masterpiece.”

Christian  Marclay’s The Clock is presented as part of the WAG’s three-year partnership with the National Gallery of Canada.

The Clock has generated all-night lineups at galleries in London and New York” says WAG Chief Curator Helen Delacretaz. “It’s mesmerising. People come intending to stay for twenty minutes and up sitting there for hours. In addition to showing during the WAG’s regular hours, we are giving our visitors an opportunity to experience a complete 24-hour screening on three occasions, including New Year’ Eve. The Clock is a highly sought-after experience and the WAG is thrilled to be the first venue for the piece in Western Canada.”

“Time flew … it hypnotized.” The New Yorker

“A masterpiece of our times.” The Guardian

“…the most captivating passively enthralling experience you’ll have in any gallery, anywhere.” The Star

“It epitomizes a sort of Holy Grail of contemporary art: a thoroughly rigorous, intellectually and formally challenging work that nonetheless has the popular appeal of a Hollywood blockbuster.” Canadian Art

Christian  Marclay’s The Clock  was purchased by the National Gallery of Canada 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. It closes at the WAG on January 5, 2014.

The  Clock is sponsored by Pattison Outdoor Advertising, the Winnipeg Free Press, and the U.S. Consulate, Winnipeg.

Related Programs

24-hour Screenings • 6pm, Nov 1-6pm, Nov 2 / 9am, Nov 22-9am, Nov 23 / 6pm, Dec 31-6pm, Jan 1

Time Travelers Family Sunday • 1:30-4pm, Oct 13 • Explore all aspects of time with games, tours, and a clock-making workshop

Art for Lunch • 12:10pm, Wed, Oct 16 • Talk with Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography

Art Eats • 6pm, Oct 30 • Dinner at Storm Bistro followed by a talk with Curator Paul Butler and an exclusive one-hour viewing of The Clock

Tick, Talk Panel Discussion • 7:30pm, Nov 22 (time?) • Moderated by Jonah Corne, University of Manitoba Film Studies Department


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