Finale Screening: The Clock

Free parking is available at the ICBC parkade, adjacent to Lonsdale Quay Market after 6pm and on weekends.

Celebrate the final showing of Christian Marclay's award-winning The Clock at The Polygon Gallery. An expertly crafted, 24-hour super-cut of film and television, The Clock operates on a multitude of levels. In one stroke, it represents a fully functioning audio-visual timepiece, a comprehensive survey of cinema history, an in-depth meditation on the nature of time, and so much more. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience a masterwork of contemporary art.

‘It may be the art event of the summer’
— The Georgia Straight

‘a beguiling dream of eternal cinema’
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

‘maybe the greatest film you have ever seen’
— Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books

The Gallery Shop and Bookstore will remain open until 10pm.

About The Clock

Presented in a custom-built cinema within the gallery, the work montages film and television footage from the last 70 years. The time represented in each clip is synchronised with actual time, allowing The Clock to function as a 24-hour timepiece. Christian Marclay won the coveted Gold Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 2011 for this now-famous artwork, recently presented at the Tate Modern, London.

About the Artist

Christian Marclay was born in California, raised in Switzerland and lives and works in London. A visual artist and composer, he has for 35 years explored the fusion of visual and audio cultures, transforming sound into physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. He began his exploration into sound art through experimenting with phonograph records and turntables in 1979. Over the last decade, Marclay has created provocative moving image installations and soundscapes by collaging found film and video footage.


Organised by the National Gallery of Canada.





Jointly owned by the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Purchased in 2011 with the generous support of Jay Smith and Laura Rapp, and Carol and Morton Rapp, Toronto.

Generously supported by Brigitte and Henning Freybe, Paula Palyga and David Demers, and Bruno Wall, through their membership in The Polygon’s Exhibition Circle.

Additional support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.


Image: Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010, single-channel video installation, duration: 24 hours, courtesy the artist. Photo by Anita Bonnarens.