MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée d'art contemporain de
Montréal (MAC) is pleased to present, in its Montréal and Québec
premiere, a masterly 24-hour video work - The Clock, 2010 - by one of today's leading artists, Christian Marclay. In
addition to screenings during regular Musée hours, The Clock will be shown in its entirety at the MAC on five occasions, including
the official inauguration of the work on Friday, February 21.
AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS
London, New York, Jerusalem, Ottawa, Seoul, Venice, Moscow, Toronto: The Clock has won over audiences wherever it has been presented. Winner of the
Golden Lion, the top prize awarded by the prestigious Venice Biennale, in 2011, Marclay is an internationally renowned artist and The Clock - a visual tour de force - has already left its mark on his generation.
From The Guardian to Newsweek magazine, critics everywhere have showered The Clock with praise. As Zadie Smith put it in The New York Review of Books, The Clock "is neither bad nor good, but sublime."
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: THE CLOCK
To produce this tribute to time and the moving picture, Marclay and his
assistants spent three years gathering thousands of film and television
clips from every era. Brilliantly edited by Marclay himself, the video
is a montage of thousands of clips sampled from movies and television
series, demarcating, minute by minute, a 24-hour loop that audiences
are invited to watch and listen to. The work unifies these disparate
fragments into a coherent whole that unfolds in real time, functioning
as an actual clock, allowing viewers to tell the precise time of day.
Beyond its technical wizardry and dizzying accumulation of images, The Clock manages to create its own fiction, its own suspense, as time becomes
The single-channel video installation, presented in a distinctive
setting designed by the artist, immerses audiences in a multitude of
different periods and genres of cinema.
Marclay began playing music with bands on New York's underground scene
in the late 1970s, when he was a student at Cooper Union. He soon made
a name for himself with his experimental, multidisciplinary handling of
found images and sounds, a process that has culminated in The Clock. His trail-blazing use of fragmentation, sampling, collage and mixing
techniques is universally acknowledged and he has been a major
influence on an entire generation of young artists. He continues to
work with musicians and to give performances.
Christian Marclay was born in San Rafael, California, in 1955. In
addition to his participation in the 2011 Venice Biennale, which earned him the Golden Lion, and his show Replay at DHC/ART in Montréal in 2008 (organized by John Zeppetelli, then a
curator at DHC), his work has been highlighted in solo exhibitions at a
number of prestigious institutions, such as the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, in 2011, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in
2010, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, in 2008, and Tate
Modern, London, in 2004. Marclay is currently based in London and New
An extravaganza of images and sound, The Clock is a remarkable, unique cultural experience.
The Montréal presentation of The Clock was organized by François LeTourneux, associate curator at the MAC.
24-HOUR SCREENINGS OF THE CLOCK
Friday, February 21 at 6 p.m. to Saturday, February 22 at 6 p.m.
(opening of the exhibition).
Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. to Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m. (Nuit blanche)
Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. to Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m. (Nocturne)
Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m. to Saturday, April 5 at 6 p.m. (Max and Iris
Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. to Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m. (closing of
For complete details of activities scheduled for the 24-hour screenings
as well as admission charges, free-admission periods, exhibition
galleries accessible, etc., please check the Musée website.
Max and Iris Stern International Symposium: On Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, the Musée d'art contemporain
de Montréal will present the eighth edition of the symposium, planned
this year to tie in with The Clock and titled Reassembling/Remixing/Sharing: Technologies, Aesthetics, Policies. This event will examine the practices of reassembling and remixing as
manifested in various fields - visual arts, film, sound art, video
games - in the studio or live, in institutional settings, on the Web or
in urban space, in professional circles and in amateur networks. These
topics will be discussed from different perspectives: technological,
aesthetic, legal and political. For more information, go to www.macm.org/activities-and-events/symposiums/ or call 514 847-6233.
Family Sundays: Tick Tock MAC Clock. For all, with family (age four and up) or friends, every Sunday in
March, from March 2 to 30, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. This activity
begins with a 30-minute tour of the exhibition, followed by an art
workshop. Visitors of all ages will invent their own, totally original
clock, with hands and numbers pointing in every direction and featuring
a whole succession of improvised characters and actions.
The Clock is organized by the National Gallery of Canada.
Purchased in 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.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned
corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications
du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of
Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The museum
gratefully acknowledges their support and that of Collection
Loto-Québec, the MAC's principal partner. The MAC also thanks its media
partner, La Presse +.
Image with caption: "The Clock, 2010 - View of the installation - Video with sound, 24 h - Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London (CNW Group/Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140213_C4120_PHOTO_EN_36734.jpg
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