Christian Marclay: The Clock

Christian Marclay’s 24-hour tour de force, “The Clock” (2010), has its Bay Area premiere at SFMOMA in April.

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151 3rd St., San Francisco, California 94103 United States


April 06, 2013 - June 03, 2013

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Six screenings offer the opportunity to view the 24-hour piece in full
April 4, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, and June 1.

Follow @TheClockSFMOMA on Twitter for estimated wait times.

More information on SFMOMA’s website.


Christian Marclay’s celebrated video installation The Clock (2010) is composed of thousands of film clips referencing the time of day, intricately edited into a 24-hour-long montage that matches real time minute for minute—a tour de force of appropriation that is also a functioning timepiece. Marclay has been known since the late 1970s for his inventive remixes of time-based media, from vinyl records and tape loops to digital video.

He spent three years assembling this magnum opus, piecing together fragments from films both famous and obscure. The result, awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, is a genre-defying distillation of movie history, a radical reflection on cinematic duration, and a reminder that time waits for no one.

Christian Marclay was born in California, raised in Switzerland and now lives in New York. The exhibition at the SFMOMA is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, swissnex San Francisco, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.



Photo: Myleen Hollero