Didier Morelli, “Artletics” [Fraser, Marie. “BGL : Biennale Arte 2015 : Pavillon du Canada = Canada Pavilion”. Ottawa, Ont.: Musée des beaux-arts du Canada/National Gallery of Canada, 2015], Artexte (2024) © Paul Litherland.

Guided tour | with Didier Morelli

As part of the exhibition “Artletics”

March 02, 2024 — 2 PM @ Artexte

As part of the Artletics exhibition, Artexte invites you to its exhibition space for a guided tour led by curator Didier Morelli.

On the occasion of this guided tour, enter Morelli’s playground and explore artists who examine the world of sports through a variety of approaches: by showing bodies in action, by discussing performance and competition, by sharing skills, by creating a link to the community, by revisiting memories, by moving from the collective to the individual, or by evoking the clan, group, or family. 

Put on your running shoes and your favourite team’s jersey and discover the omnipresence of sport in contemporary art at Artexte.


Schedule of the event: 

2:00 PM: guided tour with Didier Morelli

2:45 PM : Q&A

3:00 PM : end of the event


The activity will take place in French [bilingual format if required].


Didier Morelli is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. At its peak, his twenty-year career as an amateur youth soccer player saw him play for three teams simultaneously, changing from one kit to the other between tournaments in the back of his mother’s Volvo 240. He holds a PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University and his work has been published in Art Journalthe Canadian Theatre ReviewC MagazineEsse Arts + OpinionsFriezeSpirale, and TDR: The Drama Review, among others. In his twenties, Morelli developed a passion for competitive running until a knee injury forced him to cease all athletic pursuits and re-evaluate his relationship to his body and to sport more broadly.

In addition to serving as curatorial research assistant for the career retrospective of the photographer Evergon at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 2022, he also curated Traversée/Crossing, a group exhibition that same year on the intersections of contemporary art and watersports at Stewart Hall Art Gallery. Morelli swims at the Olympic Stadium and enjoys leisurely hikes with his dog Cosimo.