On Kawara’s studio, New York City, 1966 - Image via exhibitionsguggenheimorg

On Kawara/ On Kawara

Japan 1932 - 2014

Conceptual Art

On Kawara
On Kawara
Male
Japan
1932

Turning each day into the monument, On Kawara has for over five decades created paintings, drawings, books, and recordings that explored chronology and the way it could be a measure of human existence. The existentialist proposition of his work was marked by his meditative approach to concepts of time, space, and consciousness based on the idea that human life doesn’t add up to anything beyond itself. From the first time when he took the paint brush, Kawara depicted nothing but the different dates. He started his famous Today series on January 4, 1966, in New York and continued to repeat the same process at the end of his life. One day only was reserved for one painting and if he did not complete it by midnight, he would destroy it. Along with Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Hanne Darboven, and other Conceptual artists that created during the middle 1960’s[1], Kawara was responsible for the reduction of the art piece to pure information or idea and art’s deprivation of any personal emotion.

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Date Paintings

On Kawara was born in Kariya, Japan on December 24, 1932. He was a teenager when the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki occurred, which had a great impact on his artistic development. During the early 50’s he created the Bathroom series directly inspired by this event, depicting naked humans in different stages of disfigurement and slug-like creatures crawling around the room. After graduating the High School, he lived for some time in Tokyo, before he moved to Mexico where his father got a job of director of an engineering company. Attending art school, he explored the country and painted and after three years decided to travel, living between Paris and New York, getting know Europe until finally settled in New York City in 1965, where he remained until his death. His famous Date paintings accumulated into Today series are nothing but the date on which the painting was executed written in white letters against a monochromatic background. The first one was made on January 4, 1966, in New York. Every painting represents a unique document of the date and place, considering the language and grammatical conventions of the country where the artist created that artwork, with an exception of the languages that not use the Roman alphabet in which case he used Esperanto.

Always respecting the strict set of rules, Kawara created one painting per day (if it remained unfinished it was destroyed), and each was matched one of eight possible sizes and three colors of the background: red, blue or gray, all horizontal in orientation. The only exception in measurements was made with three paintings created three days when the world was spell bounded by the moon landing. Every date was hand-painted, precisely centered and colored in white, while the background varies. The pieces that have not been exhibited were placed in a box along with a clipping from a local newspaper from that date from the city in which he made the painting. Registering each work in the journal, Kawara marked a One Hundred Year Calendar and applied a sample of the paint he used, to a rectangle glued onto a chart in the journal. The calendar was noted with dots that showed the date of the painting creation and recorded the number of dates since his birth and 48 journals served for the details of size, color and newspaper headline. The artist painted nearly 3,000 date paintings in more than 112 cities worldwide.

Every date was hand-painted, precisely centered and colored in white

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On Kawara – Date Paintings – Image via artbouillon.com

I Got Up and Other Information Series

Some of his pieces were more complex in calculations such as Title, where he used a number of dates in the combination with the date the work was executed as his life-dates, in this example number 26,697 (January 27, 2006) which, when calculated reveals Kawara’s birthdate (December 24, 1932). The series I Went and I Met consists of the postcards that he mailed to his friends and telegrams with the message “I Am Still Alive”. This preoccupation with mortality could also be the influence of the nuclear horrors he survived in Japan[2]. The information series I Got Up contained two picture postcards from the place of residence and the other one, I Got Up At, informed the recipient of the time he awoke that day. In the period between 1968 and 1979, he sent numerous postcards (in 1973 alone he mailed from 28 cities) that were reassembled for the exhibition purposes.

Continuing exploration of the passage of time, Kawara began One Million Years in 1969, the year of man’s first landing on the moon and major civil protest against the Vietnam War at Woodstock. Listing each year for the one million-year period and the next million that follows, it has been shown in a form of performance in which two people simultaneously read dates from the Past (1969) and Future (1981) lists. Dedicated to “all those who have lived and died” and to “the last one”, covering the period of 2 million years, these 10 volumes consist of 20,000 pages each. The first audio presentation occurred in 1993 at Dia Center for the Arts in New York as a part of the exhibition One Thousand Days One Million Years. The longest reading happened in 2002 when the performers read the lists for 100 days and two years later, the project has been presented at Trafalgar Square in London where the continuous reading lasted 7 days and 7 nights, making recordings that traveled around the world. This huge masterpiece reminds on the short lifetime within the universal scheme of the human species. Kawara had the One Hundred Year Calendar that noted every day of his life with the yellow dot, starting from his birth, the green dots marked one painting done on that date and the red ones two or more artworks[3].

In the period between 1968 and 1979, Kawara sent numerous postcards and telegrams to his friends

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On Kawara – Telegram to Sol LeWitt, February 5, 1970 – Image via forbes.com

On Kawara – the Artist Who Lived for 29,771 Days

His first show, Nippon Exhibition, has been held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 1953 and was followed by exhibitions at the Takemiya and Hibiya galleries next year. New York audience had a chance to see his work at Dwan Gallery in 1967 and One Million Years traveled in Düsseldorf, Paris, and Milan in 1971. His Date paintings have been a part of Tokyo Biennale (1970), Kyoto Biennale (1976) and the Venice Biennale the same year. Kawara’s first large retrospective named On Kawara – Silence at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum installed in 12 sections was held in 2015 and also included a live reading of One Million Years. On Kawara died on July 10, 2014, at the age of 81. His One Hundred Year Calendar noted that he was born on December 24, 1932, instead of January 2, 1933, as was the official date, which puts his death on June 27, 2014. One of his Date paintings, May 1, 1987, was sold at the auction for $4.2 million at Christie’s New York in 2014.

The artist is represented by David Zwirner gallery.


Sources:

  1. wikipedia.org
  2. theguardian.com
  3. phaidon.com

Featured image: On Kawara’s studio, New York City, 1966 – Image via exhibitions.guggenheim.org

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Talking about Art : The Viewpoint of Yusuke NakaharaKawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura, ChibaGroup
2016Life ItselfModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
2016Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt CollectionThe Drawing Center, New York Group
2016AccrochagePunta della Dogana - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2016Time Of OthersQueensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2016Das Kapital. Schuld – Territorium – UtopieHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2016Time RobbersGalerija Umjetnina Split, SplitGroup
2015On Kawara: 1966, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Brussels [catalogue forthcoming]Solo
2015A Arte e a Ciência Nós entre os Extremos - Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São PauloGroup
2015La Collection LambertLa Collection LambertUn Nouveau Regard - Collection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2015Brief History of the FutureRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, BrusselsGroup
2015On KawaraSilence , Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York [catalogueSolo
2014Stay in Love Lisa Cooley, New YorkGroup
2014SPOT ON: Meisterwerke der Hamburger KunsthalleHamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2013A Place in Two Dimensions: A Selection from Colección Jumex + Fred Sandback Museo Jumex,Mexico CityGroup
2013On Kawara: One Million Years BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts, BrusselsSolo
20124th Guangzhou Triennial: The UnseenGuangzhou, China [catalogue]Group
2012On Kawara: One Million Years Jardin des Plantes, ParisSolo
2012On Kawara: One Million Years BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, EnglandSolo
2012On Kawara - Lived Time Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, RotterdamSolo
2012On Kawara: Date Painting(s) in New York and 136 Other Cities David Zwirner, New YorkSolo
2011MMK 1991-2011: 20 Years of PresenceMuseum für Moderne Kunst, FrankfurtGroup
2011Museum of DesiresMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna [catalogue]Group
2011Noli me tangere Collection Vanmoerkerke, Ostend, BelgiumGroup
2011I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawings The Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2011Out of StorageTimmerfabriek, Maastricht, The NetherlandsGroup
2011Fragments in Time and SpaceHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.Group
2011Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph 1964-1977, The Art Institute of ChicagoGroup
2011CLAP, CCS Bard HesselMuseum of Art, Annadale-on-Hudson, New YorkGroup
2011L’Etoffe du TempsInstitut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, FranceGroup
2010With a Probability of Being SeenDorothee and Konrad Fischer: Archives of an Attitude, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Group
2010Radical ConceptualMuseum für Moderne Kunst, FrankfurtGroup
2010Personal Structures: Time – Space – Existence Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis Bregenz,Bregenz, Austria [catalogue]Group
2010Less is More: PicturesObjects, Concepts from the Collection and Archives of Herman and NicoleGroup
2010ExhibitionExhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Turin [catalogue]Group
2010Between Here and There: Dislocation and Displacement in Contemporary Photography The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkGroup
2010Germany; Deichtorhallen Hamburg Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg] [catalogue]Group
2010Madrid [itinerary: ZKMZentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe,Group
2010Atlas. How to Carry the World on One’s Back? Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía,Group
2010AmnesiaAndrea Rosen Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010On Kawara: Pure Consciousness at 19 Kindergartens Walter and McBean Galleries, SanFrancisco Art InstituteSolo
2010Taking Place, The Temporary Stedelijk Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam [One Million Years on view]Group
20091968: Die Große Unschuld, The Great Innocence, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, GermanyGroup
2009Timecode Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, ScotlandGroup
2009Notation: Calculation and Form in the Arts ZKM|Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany Group
2009Pete and Repeat: Works from the Zabludowicz CollectionZabludowicz Collection, LondonGroup
2009The Quick and the Dead Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota [catalogue]Group
2009timeGalerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfGroup
2009Minimal Shift Galeria Jana Koniarka, Trnava, SlovakiaGroup
20096 Works 6 Rooms, David Zwirner, New YorkGroup
200911: 1 (+3) Elf Sammlungen für ein Museum, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, SwitzerlandGroup
2009On Kawara: One Million Years,David Zwirner, New YorkSolo
2009Espèce d’espace,Yvon Lambert, New YorkGroup
2009Continuous Present Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, ConnecticutGroup
2009MOCA’s First Thirty Years Museum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesGroup
2008On Kawara: 10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages,Dallas Museum of Art [catalogue]Solo
2008 Ambition d’Art L’Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, FranceGroup
2007Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkGroup
2007On Kawara, Michèle Didier at Christophe Daviet-Théry, ParisSolo
2006Out of Time: A Contemporary ViewThe Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2006On Kawara: Date Paintings Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
2006Eternal Return: On Kawara, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England [exhibition publication]Solo
2005I MET,Barbara Wien, Berlin [catalogue]Solo
2005Collection Lambert en Avignon Musée d'art contemporain, Avignon, FranceGroup
2004 Reading One Million Years (Past and Future), The Wrong Gallery, New YorkSolo
2004 Reading One Million Years (Past and Future), Trafalgar Square, London [organized by SouthLondon Gallery]Solo
2004 On Kawara: Paintings of 40 Years David Zwirner, New York [catalogue]Solo
2004 On Kawara: The 90'sArt & Public, Geneva [catalogue]Solo
2004À Fripon, Frion et Demi Pour une École Buissonnière, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon,FranceGroup
2003Artists’ Gifts Museum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesGroup
2003 Writing One Million Years Yvon Lambert, ParisSolo
2002Das Geschenk Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, AustriaGroup
2002 On Kawara: ConsciousnessMeditation. Watcher on the Hills, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, EnglandSolo
2002 Reading One Million Years (Future)NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, DüsseldorfSolo
2002 Reading One Million Years (Past) Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
2002 Reading One Million Years (Past and Future) Akira Ikeda Gallery, BerlinSolo
2002 Reading One Million Years (Past and Future),Yvon Lambert, ParisSolo
2001Après-charbon Winterslag, Limburg, BelgiumGroup
2001On Kawara: Date Paintings 2000 Zwirner & Wirth, New YorkSolo
2001On Kawara: Reading One Million Years (Future) for 24 Hours Dia Art Foundation, New YorkSolo
2001On Kawara: Reading One Million Years (Past and Future) David Zwirner, New YorkSolo
2001On Kawara: Date Painting Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan [catalogue published in 2002]Solo
2000On Kawara: Horizontality,Verticality, Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus und KunstbauSolo
2000The American Century: Art & Culture, 1950-2000 Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1999On Kawara: I READ 1966-1995 David Zwirner, New YorkSolo
1999 On Kawara Hauser & Wirth, ZürichSolo
1999On Kawara: One Million Years Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp [catalogue]Solo
199930 Years of Artists’ Book Publishing in Germany Brooke Alexander,Bound & Unbound,Goethe Institut,Printed Matter, New YorkGroup
1998On Kawara Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, MunichSolo
1998Choix d’oeuvres du FRAC Bourgogne Chateau du Tremblay, Centre Régional d’Ar Contemporain, Fontenoy-en-Puisaye, Yonne, FranceGroup
1998On Kawara: Date Paintings 1996-1997Gallery Shimada, TokyoSolo
1997On Kawara: Codes Yvon Lambert, Paris [catalogue published in 1996]Solo
1997On Kawara,Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1997On KawaraGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinSolo
1997On Kawara: 12 months of 1994 Gallery Shimada, TokyoSolo
1997On Kawara: Drawings Paintings Books Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen,Switzerland Solo
1997 And then there were noneMeyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
1996On Kawara: Thanatophanies 1955 Museum für Moderne Kunst, FrankfurtSolo
1996 On Kawara Sýningarsalur, Reykjavík, IcelandSolo
1996Whole & Parts 1964-1995, Nouveau Musée, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, FranceSolo
1996Berechenbarkett Der Welt Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, GermanyGroup
1995On Kawara: Erscheinen – VerschwindenKölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne [catalogue publishedSolo
1995On Kawara: Red Paintings Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1995On Kawara, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, AntwerpSolo
1995Call It Sleep Witte de With, RotterdamGroup
1995On Kawara 1954, 1954, 1956 Rei Naito 1991, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, JapanSolo
19941969 Jablonka Galerie, CologneGroup
1994On Kawara 1952-1956 Tokyo, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt [catalogue]Solo
1994On Kawara: The 80’s, Art & Public, Geneva [catalogue]Solo
1993On Kawara and Six Other Artists Dooley, Los Angeles and Cappelaine, New York,Group
1993On Kawara: One Thousand Days One Million Years Dia Center for the Arts, New YorkSolo
1993On Kawara: One Million Years (Future) Sperone Westwater, New YorkSolo
1993On Kawara: 247 mois,247 jours Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France [catalogue]Solo
1993On Kawara Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, ParisSolo
1992Double Identity Johnen & Schöttle, CologneGroup
1992On Kawara: One Million Years (Future) and Date Paintings Lisson Gallery, LondonSolo
1992On Kawara Gallery Shimada, TokyoSolo
1992On Kawara: 1968 Ludwig Forum für International Kunst, Aachen, GermanySolo
1991On Kawara Stuart Regen Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
1991On Kawara 1952-1956 Tokyo, Parco Gallery, TokyoSolo
1991On Kawara: Date paintings in 89 CitiesMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam…Solo
1991L’Art et son concept #2, Sylvana Lorenz, Ghislain Mollet-Vieville, ParisGroup
1991 On Kawara Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1991On KawaraGallery Shimada, Yamaguchi, JapanSolo
1991On KawaraMuseum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt [catalogue]Solo
1990On Kawara: Date Paintings Sperone Westwater, New YorkSolo
1990 Conscience,Le Consortium, Dijon, FranceSolo
1990On KawaraGalerie Max Hetzler, CologneSolo
1990On KawaraGallery Shimada, Yamaguchi, JapanSolo
1990 8th Biennial of Sydney: Art is Easy Sydney [catalogue]Group
1989On Kawara Gallery Shimada, Yamaguchi, JapanSolo
1989On Kawara: Again and AgainstPortikus, Frankfurt [itinerary: The Renaissance Society atSolo
1989On Kawara:Date Paintings, Kasahara Gallery, Osaka [catalogue Hommage to On]Solo
1989On Kawara: Delfryd Celf Lloyds Bank Chambers, Wales, EnglandSolo
1989Bilderstreit: Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragmen in der Kunst seit 1960 Museum Ludwig,CologneGroup
1988On Kawara: Date Paintings Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan [catalogue]Solo
1988On Kawara: Date Paintings 1966-1987,Yvon Lambert, ParisSolo
1988Art Conceptuel I: Art & LanguageMusée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, FranceGroup
1988On Kawara Onnasch, BerlinSolo
1988On Kawara,Sperone Westwater, New YorkSolo
1987At the Crossroads Institute of Contemporary Art, PhiladelphiaGroup
1987On Kawara 1976 Berlin 1986Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, Berlin [catalogue]Solo
1987On Kawara Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome [catalogue]Solo
1987On Kawara Galerie Max Hetzler, CologneSolo
1986Art & TimeBarbican Art Gallery, LondonGroup
1986On Kawara: Date Paintings - Twenty Years Sperone Westwater, New YorkSolo
1986On Kawara Gatodo Gallery, Tokyo [catalogue]Solo
1985On KawaraLisson Gallery, LondonSolo
1985On Kawara Galerie Max Hetzler, CologneSolo
1985Joyeux Anniversaire Musée Rolin, Autun, FranceGroup
1985On KawaraYvon Lambert, ParisSolo
1985On Kawara,Galerie L’Hermitte, Coutances, FranceSolo
1985On KawaraLe Consortium, Dijon, France [catalogue]Solo
1985On Kawara: Moon Landing,Century Cultural Foundation, TokyoSolo
1984On Kawara Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo [catalogue]Solo
1984On KawaraGalerie Micheline Szwajcer, AntwerpSolo
1984L’Architecte est Absent: Works from the Collection of Annick and Anton Herbert-RepertoireStedelijk Van Abbemuseum, EindhovenGroup
1983On Kawara: One Million Years (Future)Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan [catalogue]Solo
1983On Kawara: One Million YearsGalerie Watari, Tokyo [catalogue]Solo
1983In Other WordsFranklin Furnace, New YorkGroup
1982On Kawara Sperone Westwater Fischer, New YorkSolo
1982 Mise en Scène Kunsthalle BernGroup
1982Date Paintings Galerie Konrad Fischer, ZürichSolo
1982Date Paintings David Bellman Gallery, TorontoSolo
1981Today Art Agency Co., Ltd., TokyoSolo
1981A Scene of Contemporary Japanese Art The Museum of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, JapanGroup
1981Date PaintingsGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, MunichSolo
1981One Million YearsGalerie Konrad Fischer, ZürichSolo
1980Printed Art The Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
1980Date Paintings 1979 Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1980On Kawara, continuity,discontinuity 1963-1979Moderna Museet, Stockholm [itinerary: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Solo
1980Telegramme Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, GermanySolo
1979Bilder Einer Ausstellung Kunsthalle BernGroup
1979On Kawara, Yvon Lambert, Paris [catalogue]Solo
1979On Kawara Galerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1979Date PaintingsGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, MunichSolo
1978La Carte Postale Musée Nationales des Arts at Graditions Populaires, ParisGroup
1978I Am Still AliveGalerie René Block, Berlin [catalogue]Solo
1978Date Paintings Lisson Gallery, LondonSolo
1978One Million Years Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, MunichSolo
1977Postcards,Claire Copley Gallery, Santa Monica, CaliforniaSolo
1977Post,carten Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, GermanySolo
1977Rolf Presig, BaselSolo
1977Berlin Now, Goethe House, New YorkGroup
1977On Kawara 97 “date-paintings” consécutives journaux de 1966 à 1975, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris [catalogue]Solo
1977On Kawara Today 1967Otis Art Institute Gallery, Los Angeles [catalogue]Solo
1977 One Million Years, Art Agency Co., Ltd., TokyoSolo
1976One Million YearsGalerie René Block, BerlinSolo
1976Today Art Agency Co., Ltd., TokyoSolo
1976 Sperone Westwater Fischer, New YorkSolo
1976Biennale di Venezia VeniceGroup
19751970-1975, Galerie Paul Maenz, CologneGroup
1974On Kawara, 1973 – Production eines JahresOne Year’s Production, Kunsthalle Bern [itinerary:Solo
1974On KawaraProduction de l’année 1973Solo
1974 One Million YearsCusack Gallery, Houston, TexasSolo
1974Projekt ’74Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne [catalogue]Group
1973One Million Years Max Protetch, Washington, D.C.Solo
1973One Million YearsGallery A-402, Valencia, CaliforniaSolo
1973Bilder-Objekte-Filme-Konzept Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus, MunichGroup
1972One Million YearsNova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, CanadaSolo
1972Konzept-Kunst Kunstmuseum, BaselGroup
1972One Million Years Galerie Paul Maenz, BrusselsSolo
1972One Million YearsGian Enzo Sperone, TurinSolo
1972Today SeriesGalerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1972One Million Years Situation, LondonSolo
1971One Million Years Yvon Lambert, ParisSolo
1971One Million YearsGalerie Konrad Fischer, DüsseldorfSolo
1971 One Million Years Toselli, MilanSolo
1971Art Conceptuel Protetch-Rivkin, Washington, D.C.Group
197018 Paris IV 70, 66, rue Mouffetard, ParisGroup
1969557.087 Seattle Art MuseumGroup
1968 Language II Dwan Gallery, New YorkGroup
1967Language to be Looked At and or Things to be Read,Dwan Gallery, New YorkGroup
19625 Nuevos Pintores Galeria Jacobo Glantz, Mexico CityGroup
1962On Kawara: 8 Decoration-Cakes sobre los Muros BlancosGaleria Proteo, Mexico CitySolo
1961On Kawara: El Extraño Sueño de la Señora BibiSalon de la Plastica Mexicana, Mexico CitySolo
1961Pintura Contemporanea de MexicoMuseo Nacional de Colombia, BogotáGroup
19569th Nippon Independent Tokyo Metropolitan Art MuseumGroup
19558th Nippon Independent Tokyo Metropolitan Art MuseumGroup
1954On Kawara: Events in a Warehouse Hibiya Gallery, TokyoSolo
1954On Kawara: The Bathroom,Takemiya Gallery, TokyoSolo
1954 On Kawara: ThanatophaniesTakemiya Gallery, TokyoSolo
1953 1st Nippon Exhibition Tokyo Metropolitan Art MuseumGroup
1952 4th Yomiuri Independent Tokyo Metropolitan Art MuseumGroup
1952On Kawara: Café BlackShinjuku, TokyoSolo