MoMA Acquires Christian Marclay’s 24-Hour Film, ‘The Clock’


It has been a very good year for Christian Marclay. First, he achieved art world stardom with his 24-hour montage, The Clock, an insanely popular piece made up of thousands of film and television clips of timepieces that examines how we perceive time and choose to present ourselves as a result. Then he took home a Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 54th Venice Biennale. Now, his status as a fixture on the contemporary scene has been solidified. GalleristNY reports that The Museum of Modern Art has acquired one of six editions of his celebrated video art piece — and that the other five have all either already been sold to a major museum, or are in the contracting process.

“With his magnum opus The Clock, Marclay highlights the virtuosity of sampling and remixing as contemporary methods that underline the importance of editing as a highly creative process,” Sabine Breitwieser, chief curator of media and performance at MoMA, said in a statement. Stay tuned to find out when the newly-acquired work will go up on display at the museum; if it’s anything like last winter’s show at Chelsea’s Paula Cooper Gallery, you’ll want to do anything within in your power to beat the crowds. [Photo credit: Benjamin Norman for The New York Times ]