Winterlude 2012: the National Gallery of Canada presents the Canadian première of The Clock - Christian Marclay's most ambitious video installation

Ottawa, ON - December 13, 2011

The NGC also presents other fascinating and stimulating activities for the whole family. From 10 February 2012

Today the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) announced its Winterlude 2012 programming. Along with its current exhibitions, the NGC invites the public to see the Canadian première of The Clock, a masterful work by artist Christian Marclay. This ode to time and the cinema is made up of thousands of fragments from a wide range of films to form a 24-hour, single-channel, real-time video loop. Gallery visitors will also have the opportunity to hear Canadian artist Janet Cardiff's famous and much-loved work Forty-Part Motet. As well, the Artissimo kiosk will feature family activities, and photography lovers can attend a free talk on the influence of American photography from 1900-1950 on Canadian photographers, as part of the exhibition Made in America 1900-1950: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada. For complete information on programming, visit

"We're excited to celebrate Winterlude in the Gallery for the second year in a row," said NGC director Marc Mayer. "It's a great opportunity for people to take advantage of the NCC festivities to discover the outstanding works in the Gallery's collection, and for children to get to know the visual arts through entertaining, fun activities."

The Clock, by Christian Marclay
Eagerly anticipated since the announcement of its acquisition in fall 2011, the Canadian première of The Clock by Christian Marclay will feature four full 24-hour screenings of the work over the nights of February 10, 17, 18, and February 19 in the special exhibition gallery of the Museum. Visitors will also be able to experience the installation during the Gallery’s regular opening hours, from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday inclusively.

Jointly acquired by the NGC and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this installation, for which the artist won the Golden Lion prize at the 2011 Venice Bienniale, evokes the wonder and illusionism of more than a century of cinema through a captivating
24-hour looped video that plays in real-time. This remarkable production compiles thousands of film references to time and timepieces creating a compelling moving illustration of the minutes of a passing day.
Several years in the making, The Clock examines how time, plot, and duration are depicted in cinema. Viewers will experience a vast range of cinematic settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions and rupturing any sense of linear, narrative sequence. The work is both a homage to more than a century of film history and an affirmation of our present time.
No reservations. Seating is limited to first-come, first-served.

Janet Cardiff, Forty-Part Motet
As of December 17, the publicly and critically acclaimed installation Forty-Part Motet will be back on display at the National Gallery of Canada.

Winner of the 2001 Millennium Prize, this brilliant sound sculpture by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is a reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, a 16th-century English composer. Forty separately-recorded choir voices are played back through 40 speakers positioned inside the NGC’s Rideau Chapel.

The effect of the work on visitors is deeply moving, earning it an extraordinary  popularity. "Most people experience this piece now in their living rooms in front of only two speakers," says Janet Cardiff. "Even in a live concert the audience is separated from the individual voices. Only the performers are able to hear the person standing next to them singing a different harmony. I wanted to be able to climb inside the music."

Lecture on the influence of American photography
Sunday 12 February at 2 pm
NGC photographs curator Ann Thomas will give a lecture on the influence of American photography from 1900-1950 on Canadian photographers. The lecture is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Made in America 1900-1950: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada, now on view until 1 April. The first half of the 20th century marks a lively era in American art history when photography was first celebrated as an art form. The exhibition comprises about 100 works and includes masterpieces from such photographers as Lisette Model, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans and Edward Weston. Lecture is free and in English with simultaneous interpretation in French and bilingual question period. Find out more about the exhibition and related events at

Docent’s Choice
Saturdays and Sundays and Monday February 20
11:15, 13:15 (English)
Time is short and you only have 10 minutes to spare? Join a conversation on  a work from the Gallery’s collection. Discussions are led by a docent and topics change daily. A great way to get a fascinating new perspective on the works of art found throughout the collections and enrich your experience of the Gallery. Meeting point is in the Great Hall. Included with Gallery admission.

10 minute talks
Saturdays, Sundays and Monday February 20
14:00 (English)
Want to get deeper into photography? Join a conversation about the exhibition Made in America 1900-1950: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada, now on view. Discussions are led by an interpreter and themes change daily. A great way to share your viewpoint with others. Meet in the exhibition. Included with Gallery admission.

Artissimo for Families
Saturdays, Sundays and Monday February 20
From 10 am to 5 pm
Families with children aged 3 and older will be able to explore the artworks in the Gallery’s collection, and then use their experience as inspiration for art-making. Go on an adventure with one of the Art Buddies, intricate dolls that are detailed replicas of figures in the paintings, or wear reproductions of dress worn by figures in our artworks, and then find the matching artwork. Our Feely Boxes will test children's sense of touch as they try to name the mystery objects and textures in the boxes, and then try to find the work they come from, connecting touch and vision. Meanwhile, children who love building blocks are also in luck. They can use an impressive assortment of wooden blocks to make their own Super Structures inspired by the Gallery’s architecture. Included with Gallery admission. Free for children under 12.

Collection: Adults $9. Seniors and students $7. Youth 12–19 $4. Families (2 adults, 3 youths) $18. Free admission for Gallery members and children under 12. Includes admission to the NGC Collection. Tickets are available by telephone at 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888.

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