On Kawara One Million Years, 1999
Black slipcase, 16.2 x 11.5 x 9.2 cm
Contains 2 volumes, 14.4 cm x 10.5 cm
2012 pages each volume
Printed on Bible Veritable Ivory paper 32g
Cover: black leather over 400g cardboard
Gold and silver embossing on front cover and spine
Edition of 60 numbered and signed copies (from 01/60 to 60/60), 500 numbered copies (from 061 to 560) and 10 artist's proofs (from 561 to 570)
Produced and published by Éditions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier in 1999
©1999 On Kawara, les Éditions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier
NB: All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission of the artist and the publisher.
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.