The Assemblea Democràtica d’Artistes de Girona (Democratic Assembly of Artists of Girona, ADAG) was founded in March 1976 with the aim of organizing artists and integrating their praxis into the struggle for social and national liberties. This document collection, gathered and donated to the MACBA by Narcís Selles, brings together posters and other visual documentation generated by the ADAG’s activities until its work ended in 1978.
The ADAG fonds was established from documentation generated by the activities of the Assemblea Democràtica d’Artistes de Girona, collected by Narcís Selles.
Founded in March 1976 with the aim of organising creators and inserting their praxis in the struggle for social and national freedom, the Assemblea Democràtica d’Artistes de Girona (Democratic Assembly of Artists of Girona – ADAG), was a group of intellectuals and visual artists linked to a democratic opposition movement. It was particularly active for a year and a half, ending in April 1978.
This group was probably the principal motor behind the formation of a space of communication in Catalan, sending from the art world an unbroken line of action against totalitarianism during the first stage of Spain’s democratic Transition. As a group, it achieved high visibility and media coverage, demonstrating a remarkable ability to interact with the world around them. The fact that ADAG arose at a time when democratic and popular forces were gradually expanding decisively favoured the impact of its proposals.
A remarkable feature of the group was its critical stance against cultural industries and official art institutions, along with their rejection of formalist art, which they regarded as subordinated to the interests of the regime and outside the socio-political context.
ADAG supported collective action over that of the individual, promoting a social and cultural use of those spaces usually intended for institutional culture.
Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.