Converso is an exhibition space devoted to the arts of our time. It is hosted in the former church of San Paolo Converso in Milan, today the headquarters of the architectural firm CLS Architetti. Converso is free and open to the public from Thursday to Saturday.

Converso presents exhibitions and events. Artists of different ages, places, and creative languages are invited to develop projects that interact with the space’s historical, architectural and symbolic features. Converso is a stage floating in a monumental interior. No walls surround the stage. It is merely a flat surface. The exhibited projects themselves float as well. They never fully affirm themselves and must always contend with the church's magniloquence.
 

The church of San Paolo Converso was built for the annex convent of the Order of the Angeliche. It was erected between 1549 and 1619. The church’s frescos, the work of Giulio and Antonio Campi, depict the conversion, baptism, miracles and martyrdom of Paul the Apostle. The church was deconsecrated in 1808, after a decree issued by Napoleon. It was used as a storage space until 1932, when it was renovated and became a concert hall. Between the 1960s and the 1980s it was used as a recording studio for, among others, Maria Callas.

 

Converso is an exhibition space devoted to the arts of our time. It is hosted in the former church of San Paolo Converso in Milan, today the headquarters of the architectural firm CLS Architetti. Converso is free and open to the public from Thursday to Saturday.

Converso presents exhibitions and events. Artists of different ages, places, and creative languages are invited to develop projects that interact with the space’s historical, architectural and symbolic features. Converso is a stage floating in a monumental interior. No walls surround the stage. It is merely a flat surface. The exhibited projects themselves float as well. They never fully affirm themselves and must always contend with the church's magniloquence.
 

La chiesa di San Paolo Converso nasce come chiesa dell’annesso convento della Congregazione delle Angeliche. È edificata tra il 1549 e il 1619. Gli affreschi della chiesa, realizzati da Giulio e Antonio Campi, raffigurano la conversione, il battesimo, il miracolo e il martirio di San Paolo Apostolo. La chiesa è sconsacrata nel 1808, a seguito di un editto napoleonico. Fino al 1932 è adibita a magazzino. In seguito a un restauro conservativo è destinata a sala per concerti di musica sacra. Tra gli anni Sessanta e gli anni Ottanta è uno studio di registrazione, tra gli altri, per Maria Callas e Mina.

 
CONVERSO
Piazza S. Eufemia, Milan
info@converso.online
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Thursday – Saturday
11 am – 7 pm
   
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director and curator
ALEXANDER MAY

curator
MICHELE D’AURIZIO

exhibition coordinator
NADINE D’ARCHEMONT

assistant
CHIARA SPAGNOL

EUGENIO MARTINO NESI

art director
ALESSANDRO GORI

 
Website programming by Simone Ballesio