Free entry Tate Modern Exhibition

Christian Marclay: The Clock

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.

Tate Members have access to a Members-only 24 hour screening on 13–14 September and Members Hours on 15 and 16 September.​

There will be a series of overnight 24-hour screenings on 6 October, 3 November and 1 December 2018.

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.

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14 September 2018 – 20 January 2019

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