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Title

One Million Years

1999


Artist

On Kawara

Japan

24 Dec 1932 - 27 Jun 2014


About

Born in Japan, On Kawara moved to New York in the 1960s. On 4 January 1966 he began his Today series, a succession of canvases each displaying the day, month and year on which it was created. While every Today painting represents a single day, One million years – past and One million years – future are books that each list a million years, the first from 998031 BCE to 1969 and the second from 1993 until the year 1001992. The dedication in One million years – past reads ‘For all those who have
lived and died’, while in One million years – future it reads ‘For the last one’.


Details


Date

1999


Media categories

Artist's book , Print


Materials used

bound artist's book in two volumes


Edition

324/500 [Limited edition of 60 numbered and signed copies, 500 numbered copies and 10 A/P]


Dimensions

2 volumes: each 14.4 x 10.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

235.2016.a-b


Artist information

On Kawara

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history