Tate Modern Exhibition

Christian Marclay: The Clock

A clock face at 1pm

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

A mesmerising masterpiece of contemporary art

Christian Marclay’s acclaimed installation The Clock 2010 has captivated audiences across the world from New York to Moscow.

24-hours long, the installation is a montage of thousands of film and television images of clocks, edited together so they show the actual time. It is a thrilling journey through cinematic history as well as a functioning timepiece.

Following several years of rigorous and painstaking research and production, Marclay collected together excerpts from well-known and lesser-known films including thrillers, westerns and science fiction. He then edited these so that they flow in real time. When watching The Clock you experience a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes.

Due to limited capacity please be aware that there may be significant waiting times. As this is a free display, admission during normal gallery hours is on a first-come, first-served basis for all visitors, including Tate Members. For those in need of special assistance please call in advance on +44 (0)20 7887 8888.

The Clock will stay open overnight for a final 24-hour screening on 12-13 January. You will be able to see the late night and early morning section of the installation, which are not normally possible to view.

Please note the film features brief periods of nudity, strong language and scenes that some visitors may find upsetting. Visitors bringing children should use their discretion.

Tate jointly acquired Christian Marclay’s celebrated video work in 2012 together with the Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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14 September 2018 – 20 January 2019

Supported by

Tate International Council and Tate Patrons


A work of art that touches the truth of being human

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