Tick… tick… tick… While away the hours at the MCA’s time-sensitive exhibition
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As part of its long-anticipated reopening season, the new Museum of Contemporary Art is – not coincidentally – presenting an exhibition of work about the passing of time. Marking Time features works by 11 artists from Europe, the USA, Brazil, Japan and Australia, and will unfold over a 24-hour time period: some works only are seen at night, while others will evolve slowly during the course of the exhibition.
Alongside the exhibition will be Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’, a 24-hour film screened during normal Museum hours with 24-hour screenings every Thursday until June. Our friends at Time Out London called it an “extraordinary work”.
“Our chief curator Rachel Kent works very much by looking at lots of work and then thinking what it is that ties artists together and what they are concerned with,” says director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor. “It was around the time that Christian Marclay unveiled his piece ‘The Clock’, which has now become one of the most lauded artworks of the 21st century. Rachel contacted Christian about that work very early on, which is why we’ve been able to secure it before the 130 other museums that wanted it this year. We’re not the only one showing it, but we’re the only one in Australia and probably the only one in the region for some time to come so we’re very happy about that. And Rachel’s put together a great group of artists from around the world too.”