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Title: Cartell del col·lectiu Solidaritat amb el moviment obrer

Author: Grup de Treball [AT]

Year: 1973

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Place where it was made /presented Barcelona


Cartell del col.lectiu "Solidaritat amb el moviment obrer", 1973
Published by the group Solidaritat amb el Moviment Obrer [Solidarity with the Workers' Movement] to raise funds, this poster was distributed in secret to mark the anniversary of the First Spanish Republic of 1934. The piece, which makes use of the entries for the words “repression,” “repressive” and “repressor” from Pompeu Fabra’s Diccionari General de la Llengua Catalana, is reminiscent of other works that reflect on the relationship between language and art.

Heterogeneous grouping of individuals whose degree of union is established on the basis of a double articulation consisting in 1) ideological positions –implicit and explicit in the artistic practice, individual and collective, of the group, and in other types of articulated practice realized by the group –and 2) of the style of work in terms of the dialectical articulation of three types of practice: artistic practice, theoretical practice and the practice of influence on and intervention in artistic intellectual sectors.
Self-definition of Grup de Treball, 1975.

The Grup de Treball was a key figure in the evolution of Catalan conceptual art, like the various other groups, it had a short life (..).
The Grup de Treball came into being and manifested itself as a “heterogeneous” group dedicated to creation, opinion and action, which rebelled against the established art system and championed the social function of art. Its members rejected social realism as an aesthetic and promoted a self-reflexive analysis of art as a language and of its processes, seeking to move beyond the notion of style and consequently dismissing “conceptual art” as a tendency. They looked for a reciprocal commitment between artist and society, bearing in mind the specifics of the political, social and cultural situation of Catalonia within the framework of the Spanish state of the last years of the Franco regime.
Pilar Parcerisas, in Grup de Treball (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 1999)

Author: [Grup de Treball]

piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Maloru

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