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On Kawara

On Kawara

On Kawara

Our collaboration with On Kawara began in 1995 and continued beyond his death in 2014, as in 2017, in accordance with his wishes, we will produce "I READ" post-mortem.

Also, during more than twenty years of collaboration, we have had the honour of producing and publishing all of the artist's major works, which are : "ONE MILLION YEARS", "I GOT UP", "I WENT", "I MET," and "I READ".

Today, we are pleased to present them to you.

Image Credit:

Kawara’s work never really changed, it was a deliberate choice.

Jeffrey Weiss, who did the retrospective of On Kawara at Guggenheim in 2015

On Kawara

One Million Years

1999

16.2 x 11.5 x 9.2 cm

2 books, each 14.4 cm x 10.5 cm, in a slipcase

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

3.200€

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On Kawara

I GOT UP

2008

51.2 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm

12 volumes, each 21 x 14.8 cm, in a grey wooden slipcase

Edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist's proofs. Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier in 2008

21000€

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On Kawara

I WENT

2007

57.3 x 19.2 x 25.8 cm

12 volumes, each 21 x 14.8 cm, in a natural wooden slipcase

Edition of 90 numbered and signed copies and 10 artist's proofs. Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier in 2007

21000€

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On Kawara

Trilogy, I GOT UP, I WENT, I MET

2008, 2007, 2004

36 books, each 21 x 14.8 cm, in three wooden slipcase (grey, natural, black)

Edition of 25 numbered and signed copies. Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier

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On Kawara

I READ

2017

37 × 41 × 31.5 cm

6 volumes, each 28.6 x 23.1 x 5.1 cm, in a natural wooden box

Limited edition of 50 numbered copies and 10 H.C. Produced by One Million Years Foundation and mfc-michèle didier in 2017. Published by mfc-michèle didier in 2017

11000€

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... "It was during my first trip to Japan at On Kawara's home, and after seeing that there were no more books in his Fujinomiya's house than in the New York apartment, that he offered to take me on a tour of bookstores. He seemed to be familiar with the places. But something struck me instantly. About three feet away from each other, there were people standing facing the shelves, reading the book they were holding in their hands. I realized that these people were consulting the books from beginning to end and, when the reading was over, they were placing them carefully back on the shelves. Then I observed On Kawara, who also grabbed one or two pamphlets, stood like the other visitors, read diligently, closed the book and put it back on the shelf. We visited several bookstores, where he repeated the same ritual. I bought a few books, simply because of the aesthetic interest of their graphics, while On Kawara always left empty-handed. When we returned home, I asked him to explain to me what I had observed.
Kawara told me, in a half-peremptory, half-puckish tone, that it was totally useless to buy and pile up books. Since his youth, having little means, he had got used to reading very quickly and memorizing everything, so that he didn't have to buy books. He had kept this habit and continued to perfect his erudition in this way. So Kawara was a Data all along. But I also understood that if learning by heart was first of all an act of economic and political resistance, it was also a fight against time and oblivion..."

Michèle Didier

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