One Million Years, 1999

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mfc-michèle didier
Work on Paper
Set of 2 volumes in a slipcase
16.2 x 11.5 x 9.2 (cm)
6.4 x 4.5 x 3.6 (inch)
On Kawara "One Million Years" 1999 Set of 2 volumes 14.4 × 10.5 cm each 2012 pages each, total of 4024 pages Slipcase: 16.2 × 11.5 × 9.2 cm Limited edition of 60 numbered and signed copies 500 numbered copies and 10 artist’s proofs Produced and published in 1999 by Éditions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier ©1999 On Kawara and Éditions Micheline Szwajcer & Michèle Didier The first volume, "Past – For all those who have lived and died", starts in 998 031 BC and ends in 1969 AD, namely "One Million Years" later. At this date starts the "One Million Years"" in the work of On Kawara, transcribed here for this edition on 2 000 pages. The second volume, Future – For the last one", starts in 1993 AD and ends "One Million Years" later, in 1 001 992. The textual structure 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.