A close relationship exists between the world of art and that of the sacred. Pauses has shown this. Not in an authoritative nor confessional way, but in an analogy:

that is, by means of the combination of heterogeneous elements from visual arts, music, dance and the world of words. The scenario is a monument of a religious

and civil civilisation, transformed into an enveloping container of finds: evocations and provocations.


Milan Cathedral


pause 2006



We are fascinated by the freedom of numbers and the power collected in a cascade of conventional signs. In the meantime, two harps almost embrace each other. The rhythm is dictated by the mood of Adelaide: a girl created by Tatsuo Miyajima who submerges her head repeatedly in a white liquid. All foreseen by Baruch Spinoza: the triumph of Joy. For everyone.



with thanks to


Duomo di Milano

Mons. Luigi Manganini



Veneranda Fabbrica

del Duomo


main sponsor


Provincia di Milano










Media Partner



Stefano Bonaga

Tatsuo Miyajima

Karlheinz Stockhausen


scenographic design

Paolo Gualdi

Le Grandi Immagini

Allestimenti scenografici

e tecnici


graphic design

Archive Appendix

Chiara Figone



Claudio Abate


artistic director

Don Luigi Garbini



Graziella Bertolini

Stefania Morellato

Luisa Bonucci

Le Bourgeois


Karlheinz Stockhausen


Zweite Stunde aus KLANG, Die

24 Stunden des Tages / 2nd hour of

KLANG (SOUND), The 24 Hours

of the Day für 2 Harfen / for 2 harps


Marianne Smit

Esther Kooi


An artache commission

for Milan Cathedral

a world première in the Cathedral



Baruch Spinoza, Ethica |

Stefano Bonaga



Tatsuo Miyajima

Counter Voice in Milk

(Adelaide Version)



Esiste un rapporto stretto tra il mondo dell’arte e quello del sacro. Pause l’ha mostrato. Non in modo didascalico né confessionale, ma analogico: mediante cioè l’accostamento di elementi eterogenei provenienti dalle arti visive, dalla musica, dalla danza e dall’universo delle parole. Lo scenario, un monumento di una civiltà religiosa e civile, trasformato in avvolgente contenitore di reperti: evocazioni e provocazioni.

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