On Kawara

On Kawara was born in 1933 in Kariya, in Japan. He died in 2014 in New York. His artistic practice was characterized by an approach to conception of time, space, and consciousness. One of his most important projects, "One Million Years" comprises 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 first volume, Past – For all those who have lived and died, starts in 998031 BC and ends in 1969 AD, namely One Million Years later. At this date starts the One Million Years in the œuvre of On Kawara, transcribed here for this edition on 2000 pages. The second volume, Future – For the last one, starts in 1993 AD and ends One Million Years later, in 1001992. This period is equally transcribed for the edition on 2000 pages. The text of each page is laid out in 10 columns, rigorously aligned and subdivided in 5 blocks of 100 years. Each block contains 10 lines and each line contains a decennium. The two volumes of the book correspond, their internal organization is identical.

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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 per volume - Total of 4024 pages
    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. I WENT

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    I WENT

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    Set of 12 volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - Total of 4740 pages
    Sycamore slipcase: 57.3 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm
    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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  3. I GOT UP

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    I GOT UP

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    Set of 12 volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - Total of 4160 pages
    Grey wooden slipcase: 51.2 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm
    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 READ

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    I READ

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    Set of 6 volumes - 28.65 x 23.1 x 5.1 cm each volume - Total of 3272 pages
    Natural wooden box:  37 × 41 × 31.5 cm
    Limited edition of 50 numbered copies and 10 H.C.
    Produced in 2017 by One Million Years Foundation and mfc-michèle didier
    Published in 2017 by mfc-michèle didier

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  5. 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
    36 (3 x 12) volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - 13690 pages in total
    Each of the three parts of the Trilogy is signed and numbered by the artist 

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  6. 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 - Total of 4024 pages
    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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  7. I MET

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    I MET

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    Set of 12 volumes - 21 x 14.8 cm each volume - Total of 4790 pages
    Black wooden slipcase: 57.3 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm
    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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