François Morelli

APRIL 29 TO MAY 29, 2022

Galerie 3 is honoured to present the work of François Morelli. A major figure in visual and performance art in Quebec, he is also considered one of the pioneers of relational art. With more than 45 years of creation, the artist has opened the doors of his studio, allowing us to select works that have marked his career and reflect the importance, relevance and richness of his research.

The artist’s different practices—drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and photography—seem to us to be facets of the same quest. Linked to each other by the passage of time, they give the impression of being the movements of a great composition, always in mutation.

The common thread running through this exhibition, if not through Morelli’s entire production, is the line. In addition to the distinct and recognizable elements it forms, it evokes the paths that cross in our lives, the links between events or even the traces that the artist has left in his performances.

For Morelli, Quebec City remains an important city, and this exhibition will be one more stroke in that never-ending work.


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“I would describe my many trips to Quebec City as surprising and unpredictable, where I have developed professional and friendly relationships that have been nurtured by a generous and creatively stimulating welcome.

The support and enthusiasm of this community of peers, artist-run centres, cultural and academic institutions and the connection with my research have often led me to surpass myself, to dare to play better by risking more. It is therefore not surprising that I have allowed myself to present complex and unpublished bodies of work.”

– François Morelli

François Morelli is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Montreal. He holds a BFA from Concordia University (1975) and an MFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey (1983).

Since 1976, his work has been presented in several public museums, private galleries, artist-run centres and contemporary art events in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has exhibited at the Musée du Québec (1979), the Musée d’art de Joliette (1980), the Musée régional de Rimouski (1988 and 2019), the Centro Culturale Canadese (Italy, 1989), the Horodner Romley Gallery (New York, 1994 and 1995), La Vitrine (France, 2004), 1700 La Poste in Montréal (2016-17) and the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul (2019). He has also participated in the Biennale de Montréal (2002) and the Biennale du Havre (France, 2006). In 2007, François Morelli presented major installations at the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art and the Hamilton Art Gallery. In 2011, he was part of the Triennale Québécoise (Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal).

He has also received numerous awards, including the Prix d’excellence at the Biennale de dessin, de l’estampe et du papier du Québec in 1993, the Prix Louis-Comtois in 2007, awarded by the City of Montreal in collaboration with the AGAC, and the prestigious Prix Ozias-Leduc in 2021, awarded by the Fondation Émile-Nelligan.

In addition to this long list of accomplishments, he is also a teacher who has travelled from New York (Rutgers University, City University of New York, State University of New York) to Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and Montreal (Concordia).

His works are part of the collections of Air Canada, Canada art bank, Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec, Library and Archives Canada, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Cirque du Soleil, Canada Council for the Arts, Colombia University Library New York, Collection Steinberg, Collection Loto-Québec, Desjardins, Fluxeum, Museum of Art, Washington, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Musée Régional de Rimouski, Musée de Joliette, New Jersey State Council for the Arts, New Jersey Rothmans of Pall Mall, University of Southern Alberta and several private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.

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  • Tapis Volant (détail), 2008

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