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Christian Marclay

The first in-depth survey in the UK of the work of the acclaimed Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay.

First and foremost a visual artist, Marclay maintained a high-profile international career as a musician and composer. He pioneered the use of records and turntables as media for performance and improvisation. Similarly, he applied the principles of collage and sampling to transform ready-made materials including vinyl records, record covers, magnetic tape, musical instruments and Hollywood films into collages, sculptures and video installations.

Taking its cue from the gap between what we see and what we hear, Marclay’s artistic practice not only focuses on the immediately audible qualities of sound but also on the way these are recorded, reproduced and translated into visual representations. His works highlight how our experience of sound – and its opposite, silence – is determined by the culture in which we live. 

Tagged with: Art Gallery Archive

Curated by Russell Ferguson, Chief Curator at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The London presentation was curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Barbican Art Gallery.

Supported by Eileen Harris Norton and the Peter Norton Family Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the LLWW Foundation; Pro Helvetia, the Arts Council of Switzerland; LEF Foundation; and Art for Arts Sake.


UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
1 Jun–31 Aug 2003

Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
28 Sept–19 Dec 2003

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
5 Feb–25 April, 2004

Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland
12 Jun–6 Sept 2004

Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
30 Oct 2004–17 Jan 2005

Barbican Art Gallery, London
17 Feb–2 May 2005