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On Kawara

1933
born in Kariya, Japan
died in 2014

2015

One Million Years, Asia House, London

On Kawara: 1966, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle

On Kawara—Silence, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

 

2013

Long-term View, Dia Art Foundation, New York

One Million Years, Bozar, Brussels

 

2012

Lived Time, Museum Boljmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

One Mission Years, - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Date Painting(s), Dawid Zwirner Gallery, New York

 

2010

Pure Consciousness at 19 Kindergartens, Walter and Bean Galleries, San Francisco

 

2009

One Million Years, David Zwirner Gallery, New York

 

2008

doART, Seoul

10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

One Million Years, David Zwirner, New York

 

2006

Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher On The Hills, The Power Plant - Contemporary Art 

Gallery, Toronto

Eternal Return, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Date Paintings, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

Conciencia. Meditación. El observador en las colinas, Museo de Arte de Lima

 

2005

One Million Years (Past & Future), Reading, Akira Ikeda Gallery/Taura, Japan

Consciousness.Meditation.Watcher on the Hills, The govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

On Kawara, The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario

Elemental, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

The Power Plant, Toronto

 

2004

On Kawara - Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher On The Hills, Kunstverein

Braunschweig, Haus Salve Hospes, Braunschweig

On Kawara - Paintings of 40 Years, David Zwirner, New York

On Kawara: Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher On The Hills, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

Reading one million years, Trafalguar Square, London

On Kawara - The 90's, Art&Public, Geneva

 

2003

Sol LeWitt - Fotografia, Centre Cultural Metropolità, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

Consciusness, Meditation, Watcher on the Hills, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve

 

2002

Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

2001

Horizontality/Verticality, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Date Paintings 2000, Zwirner & Wirth, New York

One Million Years (past and future), Dawid Zwirner, New York

 

2000

Thanatophanies, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva

 

1999

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

 

1998

Whole and parts 1964-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo

 

1997

Whole and Parts, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut (LaM), Lille

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Whole and Parts, 1964-1995, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, MACBA, Barcelona

Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

1996

Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhone Alpes, Villeurbanne

 

1995

Erscheinen - Verschwinden, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

1992

Date paintins in 89 cities, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

1991

Date paintings in 89 cities, Museum Boljmans van Beunlingen, Rotterdam

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

1989

Date Paintings: 1966-1988, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

1987

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

 

1986

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Duesseldorf

 

1985

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne

 

1984

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

 

1981

Continuity / Discontinuity 1963-1979, National Museum of Art Osaka / Stedelljk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven / Museum Folkwang Essen

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

1980

Continuity / Discontinuity 1963-1979, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Duesseldorf

 

1978

Lisson Gallery, London

 

1977

On Kawara 1967, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris-

 

1975

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

1974

On Kawara - 1973 - Produktion eines Jahres, Kunsthalle Bern

 

1972

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

1971

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 

Wolke und Kristall - Die Sammlung Dorothee und Konrad Fischer, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

WITH A TOUCH OF PINK - WITH A BIT OF VIOLET - WITH A HINT OF GREEN - Dorothee Fischer in memoriam, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

 

2015

Time of others, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Tate Liverpool

America Is Hard To See, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Le Souffleur - Schürmann meets Ludwig, Ludwig Forum, Aachen

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

White Fire, The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Partial Presence, Zabludowicz Collection, London

 

2014

Stay in Love, Lisa Cooley, New York

Conceptual Art, Galerie Ronny van de Velde, Knokke-le-Zoute

One Million Years – System und Symptom, Kunstmuseum Basel – Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel

SPOT ON: Masterpieces from the Hamburger Kunsthalle Collection Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

 

2012

Stand still like the hummingbird curated by Bellatrix Hubert, Dawid Zwirner, New York

Carpe Diem. Seize the Day, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi

Plka Don, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris

Dancing towards the essence, Kunstahus Grenchen, Grenchen

Les feux de l'amour, FRAC, Collection Aquitaine, Bordeaux

The Artists' Postcard Show, Spike Island, Bristol

Artandpress, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

Autobiographies, Espace Louis Vuitton Paris

Positions on Conceptual Art, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

Par Par S E T, The Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston

 

2011

Big Picture II (Zeitzonen), K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf

Gesture, form, technique, Taro Nasu Gallery Tokyo

Sistemas, Acciones y Procesos. 1965 - 1975, Fundacion PROA, Buenos Aires

Staging the Archive, MACE Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Elvas

MMK 1991-2011: 20 Jahre Gegenwart, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main Exposition D'ouverture, Le Consortium, Dijon

Dystopia, Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux

I am still alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Collection 2011-1, Words as window, Images as doors, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Compass - Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art New York, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

Be Alive!, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

I love art 11, Watari- Um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces 1960-1975, ZieherSmith, New York

Testing Ground, Zabludowizc Collection, London

 

2010

Time - Space - Existemce, Kunsthaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz

Amnesia, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Collection 3. Japanese Art 1950-2010, National Museum of Art, Osaka

Von Carl Andre bis Gregor Schneider. Dorothee und Konrad Fischer: Archiv einer Haltung, Museum Kurhaus Kleve

Public Private Paintings. 2000 - 2010: 10 jaar schilderkunst ult publieke en

privacollecties in Vlaanderen en Brussel, Kunstmuseum Aan Zee, Ostende

Exihibition, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'arte contemporanea, Torino

Where do we go from here? Selections from La Colección Jumex, Cincinnati

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

Taking place, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

CAPC ou la vie salse per l'art, Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux

Press Art, Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg, Salzburg

Between here and there: dislocation and displacement in Contemporary Photography, Metropoloitan Museum of Art, New York

Arte y politica, Conflictos y Disyuntivas, Museo de Arte de Culiacan

Personal Structures: Time - Space - Existence, Georg Kargl Fine Arts & Georg Kargl Box, Vienna

Less is More: Pictures, Objects, Concepts from the collection and Archive of Herman and Nicole Daled 1966-1978, Argos, Brussels

In Book/Out Book/If Book, Museo delal cittá, Perugia

The traveling show, Galeria de Fundación/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City

Squatting, erinnern, vergessen, besetyen, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin

Funktionen der Zeichnung, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

S.M.S.: An archive of the 60s, University Art Museum, Long Beach

The morning news - Be Part, Platform voor actuele kunst, Waregem

Sculpture as time, Major wortks, new acquisitions, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Radical Conceptural, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

It is it, Espacio 1414, Santurce

Personal Structures / Time-Space-Existence, Künstlerhauls Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz

 

2009

time, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Silences, MAMCS, Strasbourg

MINIMAL SHIFT, Galeria Jana Koniarka, Trnava

Espáces d'Espaces, Yvon Lambert, New York

1968. Die Gro?e Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld

MOCA?s First Thirty Years, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

White Light / White Heat, Hauser & Wirth, Colnaghi London

11 : 1 (+3) = Elf Sammlungen für ein Museum, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Made in Munich., Haus der Kunst, Munich

Ego Documents. Das Autobiografische in der Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Bern

Revolutions 1968, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw

regarde de toutes tes yeux regarde, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes

Lauffs Collection, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

Ambition d'art, Institut d'art contemporain - Frac Rhone Alpes, Villeurbanne

traces du sacré, Centre Pompidou, Paris travells to: Haus der Kunst, Munich

RHYTHMUS 21 - Positionen des Abstrakten, Lenbachhaus, Munich

Genau und Anders. Mathematik in der Kunst von Dürer bis Sol LeWitt, MUMOK, Vienna

Slow Paintings, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

Sans-titre #1 oeuvres de la Collection Lambert - peintures des annés 1979-1980, Collection Lambert, Avignon

6 works, 6 rooms, David Zwirner Gallery, New York

 

2008

Selections from the Collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs, David Zwirner, New York

Nature, space and time, recent acquisitions, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

The Panza Collection and ways of seeing: Giusepep and Giovanna Panya, Hirshhorn

Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington

200597214100022008, Laurel Gitien, Small A Projects, New York

Here is every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York

An unruly history of the readymade, Galeria de Fundación/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City

When a clock is seen from the side it no longer tells the time, Johann König, Berlin

Regarde de toutes tes yeux regarde, Musée des Beaux Arts de Nants

Inéditos 2008/Asi se escribe, La Casa Encendida, Madrid

Selections from the collection of Helga & Walther Lauffs, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

Sol LeWitt x2, Austin Museum of Art, Austin

Pintura (aun), Painting, still, Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid

Traces du Sacrè, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art moderne, Paris

Rhythmus 21, Positionen des Abstrakten, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich

Book/Shelf, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to today, Museum of Modern Art, New York

 

2007

52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

What does the jellyfish want?, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

SITEings, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem

LeWitt x 2, MAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami

Mapping the City, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Ausgerechnet - Mathematik und Konkrete Kunst, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg

O Debuxo nas Colección Publicas de Santiago, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela

PURE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Calzolari - Degottex - Lewitt, LOr du Temps, Paris

American Master Prints, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

 

2006

Espai Public / Dues Audiencies. Obres i documents de la Collecció Herbert, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona

Contemporary Art, Skarstedt Fine Art, New York

Full House - Gesichter einer Sammlung, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim

Fast nichts - Minimalistische Werke aus der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection,

Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Message personnel, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

The Invisible Show, MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo

 

2005

Ecos y Contrastes - Arte Contemporáneo en la Colección Cisneros, Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica

van Gogh bis Beuys, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepubilk Deutschland, Bonn

Early Work, David Zwirner, New York

The Theatre of Art - Masterpieces from the Collection of the Ludwig Museum, Cologne

Villa Manin, Centro d'arte contemporanea, Passariano (UD), Italy

Covering the Real - Kunst und Pressebild, von Warhol bis Tillmans, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel

Leporello, Een reis door de collectie, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

EXIT- Ausstieg aus dem Bild, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe

 

2004

Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Minimal&Concept Art, Museum Mderner Kunst, Passau

Group exhibition, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

Close by - Time Space Architecture, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich

MCA Unpacked II, Selections from the MCA Collection by Michelle Nikou (SA) and The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide

Im toten Winkel, Kunsthaus Hamburg

Io mi ricordo, Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome

 

2003

Mina je Teine, Tallinna Kunstlhoone / Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn

Partners, Haus der Kunst, Munich

Traces of friday - Art, Tourism, Displacement, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia

Conceptualism, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Histoires Contemporaines, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne, Rhone Alpes
Transition, SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo

Ill Communication, Visual Reseach Centre, Dundee

 

2002

Documenta (11), Kassel

From the Observatory, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

 

2001

I love NY Benefir, David Zwirner Gallery, New York

Monets Vermächtnis, Serie, Ordnung und Obsession, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Die Sammlung Lauffs II, Museum Haus Lange/ Haus Esters, Krefeld

L'enigma ritrovato (A.V.), Galleria In Arco, Torino

 

2000

Taking over, an art project by Andreas Gedin, Bildmuseet, Umea

2000 Shanghai Biennale, Spirit of Shanghai
Global Conceptualism, Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s, MIT List Visual Arts Center
Voilá, Le monde dans la tete, Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Visage: Painting and the Human Face in 20th Century Art, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

 

1999

Les Coups, Frac, Bourgogne, Dljon

Quelques unes des derniéres acquisitions de la Collection Frac Rhone- Alpes, Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhone Alpes

Chronos and Kairos, Die Zeit in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel

Examing Pictures - Exhibition of 56 artists links generations of painters, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin 1950s-1980s, Queens Museum of Art, New York

Deep Storage: Arsenale der Erinnerung, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

 

1998

Group Exihibition, Galerie Micheline, Sywajcer, Antwerp

Deep Storage: The Arsenal of Memory, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

11th Biennale of Sydney

Then and now, Lisson Gallery, New York

Deep Storage: Arsenale der Erinnerung, Moma PS1, New York

Travel and leisur, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

 

1997

Deep storage: Sammeln, Speichern, Archivieren in der Kunst, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

And then there were none, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe

On the edge: contemporary art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Collecion, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Deep Storage: Arsenale der Erinnerung, Haus der Kunst, Munich
Documenta X, Kassel

 

1996

Berechenbarbeit der Welt, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Selection from the collection, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Stiftung Fröhlich, Sammlungsblöcke Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

 

1995

1965-75: Reconsidering the Object of Art, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles

Une letter en passant pour un abécédaire - Passages, Centre d'art contemporain, Troyes

Masterpieces from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Panya Collection, Hessel

Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

 

1994

A Series of Rotating Installations, Felix Gozalez-Torres and On Kawara, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Pictures of the Real World (in real time), le consortium, Dijon

Helmut Federle, On Kawara, Walter Obholzer Adrian Schless, Albrecht Schnider, Galerie Susanna Kulli, Zurich

From minimal to conceptual art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington

 

1993

Corners Filled with what is swept into corners, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

Azur, Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris

Der zerbrochene Spiegel. Positionen zur Malerei heute, Kunsthalle Wien, project space Karlsplatz, Vienna

Out of sight, out of mind, Lisson Gallery, London

 

1992

Group show, Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne

I love Art II - Watari UM, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

 

1991

The picture after the last picture, Stedelijk Museum Hertogenbosch
Carnegie International, Pittsburg

 

1990

On Kawara, Meuser, Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne

L'art conteptuel, une perspective, Museum d'art contemporain de Montréal
8th Biennale of Sydney

 

1989

UNE AUTRE AFFAIRE, Le Consortium, Djon

Arbeit mit Papier, Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz

Carl Andre - Alan Charlton - On Kawara, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

What is Contemproary art?, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö

On Kawara: wieder und wieder, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main

 

1988

Concept Art, Stalke Gallerie, Kirke Saaby, Denmark

 

1987

On Kawara, Markus Oehlen, Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne

 

1984

Im toten Winkel, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg

 

1983

Museum by Artists, Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal

 

1982

Documenta 7, Kassel

Yvon Lambert Présente 24 Artistes de sa Galerie chez Jeanne Laffitte, Paris

 

1981

Sammlung Crex, Kunstverein Hamburg

 

1980

Printed Art Since 1965, Museum of Modern Art, New York

 

1977

Documenta 6, Kassel

 

1976

Braco Dimitrijevic / Dan Graham / On Kawara / Roman Opalka, Galerie René Block, Berlin

 

1972

Actualité d'un Bilan, Yvon Lambert, Paris

Konzept-Kunst, Kunstmuseum Basel

 

1970

between 5, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Conceptual Art and Conceptual Aspects, New York Cultural Center, New York

SELECTED BOOKS AND CATALOGUES

Mitchell, E./ Simeons, T.: On Kawara: Date painting(s) in New York and 136 other cities, Ludion, Antwerpen, 2012

Höfer, C.: Date paintings in private collections, König, Köln, 2009

Didier, M.: On Kawara: I met, I went, I got up, one million years, pure consciusness, DoArt Seoul, Seoul, 2008 (catalogue)

Wylie, C./ Laszlo, E./ Matsui, T.: On Kawara: 10 tableaux and 16.952, Yale Univesity Press, New Haven, 2008

Schier, R./ Shigeru, M.: On Kawara: Pure consciusness, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and Bywater Bros. Ed., Toronto, 2006

Spieler, R.: Horizonte: Franz Gertsch im Dialog mit Vija Celmins, Thomas Demand, On Kawara, Yves Klein, Wolfgang laib, Roman Opalka, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Piero Steinle, Robert Zünd (in Bezug zur Ausstellung Horizonte, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf), Atelier Verl, Bern, 2003

Kawara, On: On Kawara. Phaidon, Berlin, New York, 2002

Denizot, R./ Watkins, J.: On Kawara, Phaidon Press, London, 2002

Douroux, X/ Gautherot, F.: On Kawara: whole and parts 1964-2995, Presses du R?el, Dijon, 1996

Toshiaki, Minemura: On Kawara: Whole and Parts 1964-1995, Les Presses du r?el, Dijon, 1996

Cooke, Lynne: On Kawara. One Thousand Days One Million Years, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, 1993

Meseure, A.: In other words: Wort und Schrift in Bildern der konzeptuellen Kunst, Art Pub Inc, New York 1989

Baba, Shunkich: On Kawara, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, 1983

Denizot, R.: Les images quotidiennes du pouvoir: On Kawara au jour le jour = The daily images of power: On Kawara from day to day, Lambert, Paris, 1979

Granath, Olle: On Kawara: continuity/discontinuity 1963-1979, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1980

 

SELECTED ARTICLES

Denizot, Rene: On Kawara, Art Press, Paris, October 1990

DÜSSELDORF

28. Oct 2006 - 17. Nov 2006

exhibition


DÜSSELDORF

23. May 2002 - 29. Jun 2002

exhibition