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Christian Marclay's The Clock to be shown in free 24-hour screenings at Tate Modern

Christian Marclay The Clock 2010

Christian Marclay The Clock 2010. Single channel video. Duration: 24 hours © the artist. Courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Christian Marclay’s landmark 24-hour video installation The Clock, universally acknowledged as a contemporary masterpiece, will go on show at Tate Modern for four months from 14 September 2018 to 20 January 2019. The public will be invited to experience the work for free, including monthly 24-hour screenings.

Marclay’s deft hand and musical virtuosity are brilliantly captured in this thrilling and poignant montage of thousands of film and television clips which specify the time of day. Following several years of rigorous and painstaking research and production, Marclay edited these excerpts from well and lesser-known films into a chronological montage acting as both a functional timepiece and journey through cinematic history. The video is synchronised to local time wherever it is on display so that The Clock transforms artificial ‘cinematic time’ into the thrilling sensation of real-time inside the gallery. The audience watching The Clock experiences a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, allowing time to unravel in countless directions at once.

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, said:

Marclay’s The Clock is one of the most exceptional and complex artworks of the twenty-first century and it is no surprise that, wherever it is shown, the audience is riveted. We are delighted to be able to present this mesmerising work at Tate Modern during the day and in full 24-hour screenings.

Tate jointly acquired Christian Marclay’s celebrated video work in 2012 together with the Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. This internationally acclaimed piece has captivated audiences across the world from New York to Moscow.

Christian Marclay is recognised as one of the foremost contemporary artists working in sound and image. He received the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 2011 when this work was shown.

Full details of the dates for the 24-hour screenings of The Clock will be available online nearer the time.

Notes to Editors

Christian Marclay

Born in San Raphael, California, based in London and New York, Christian Marclay (born 1955) first came to prominence in the underground music scenes of late 1970s Boston and New York, where he developed a unique mode of music and performance using altered vinyl, repurposed musical instruments and cut up techniques. Renowned as a seminal figure in the development of DJ culture and ‘turntablism,’ Marclay has subsequently developed a major international career spanning aural and visual collage and performance, sculptural objects, video and photography. His fascination with all aspects of popular recorded sound and cinema has led to sophisticated sampling and appropriation techniques in which obsolete cultural forms are given renewed life through new media.

The Clock

The Clock 2010 was purchased jointly by Tate, London with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris; and The Israel Museum, in 2012. Tate also owns Marclay’s installation Video Quartet 2002 which is a key work in Tate’s holdings of time-based media.

Other Jointly Owned Works

Other major media installation works in the Tate Collection which have been acquired jointly with other institutions include Bill Viola’s Five Angels of the Millennium 2001 (Tate, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris) and Bruce Nauman’s MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) 2001 (Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Kunstmuseum Basel).

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