On Kawara was born in 1933 in Kariya, in Japan. He died in 2014 in New York. For over five decades, Kawara created paintings, drawings, books, and recordings where he examines chronological time and its function as a measure for human existence. His artistic practice was characterized by a meditative approach to conception of time, space, and consciousness. His epic project, « One Million Years », is a monumental series of twenty-four works comprising One Million Years [Past], which was dedicated to "all those who have lived and died," and One Million Years [Future], addressed to "the last one." The Past volumes, noting each year over an entire millennium from 998,031 BC, were started in 1970 and took two years to complete, while the Future years, begun in 1980, were written over the span of eighteen years and finish at 1,001,997 AD. Together the volumes make up 2,000,000 years.

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  1. One Million Years

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    One Million Years

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    Set of 2 volumes
    14,4 x 10,5 cm each volume
    2012 pages each volume, total of 4024 pages
    Slipcase, 16.2 x 11.5 x 9.2 cm
    1999
    Limited edition of 60 numbered and signed copies,
    500 numbered copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 1999 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier

     

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  2. One Million Years

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    One Million Years

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    Numbered and signed copy

    Set of 2 volumes
    14,4 x 10,5 cm each volume
    2012 pages each volume, total of 4024 pages
    Slipcase, 16.2 x 11.5 x 9.2 cm
    1999
    Limited edition of 60 numbered and signed copies,
    500 numbered copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 1999 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier

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  3. I GOT UP

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    I GOT UP

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    12 volumes
    Total 4160 pages, 21 x 14.8 cm each
    Limited edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 2008 by mfc-michèle didier

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  4. I WENT

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    I WENT

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    12 volumes
    Total 4740 pages, 21 x 14.8 cm each
    Limited edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 2007 by mfc-michèle didier

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  5. I MET

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    I MET

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    12 volumes
    Total 4790 pages, 21 x 14.8 cm each
    Limited edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist’s proofs
    Produced and published in 2004 by Editions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier  

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  6. Trilogy

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    Trilogy

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    On Kawara's trilogy is composed of I GOT UP, I WENT and I MET
    3 x 12 volumes, 21 x 14.8 cm each
    13 690 pages in total
    3 parts numbered and signed by the artist 

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