Mint, sealed set of Grimaud's "Tarot de l'An 2000" cards, c.1981, featuring the outstanding designs of Pino Zac, the famous Italian illustrator. The photos in this listing are from an open deck previously sold in this shop, but the deck for sale through this listing is mint and sealed.
Pino Zac is described thus at the Lambiek website:
"Giuseppe Zaccaria, better known under his pseudonym Pino Zac, studied architecture in Rome, before going into illustrating. He made his debut in 1950, with Gato Filippo – the first comic strip ever to be carried by a newspaper in Italy. He mainly worked abroad, creating humorous strips for several European journals, making short animated films, producing a set of tarot cards and even doing a little acting. His comics, as well as his other work, stand out for their originality and impertinence."
One way of describing these cards is as a futuristic vision in 1981 of the year 2000. But it seems to me that misses the mark. The cards are not to be taken literally, but rather as a collective satirical statement on the excesses and ills of the (then) present day. The "futuristic" illustrations are a mechanism for expressing the artist's concern and dismay.
The set is intended to be used in playing tarock, with double ended major arcana cards that have different illustrations at each end. It is interesting that the pip cards of the minor arcana include black and white "single ended" illustrations. The illustrations of the court cards (and the Fool, a rock star) are in color and double ended, with the two ends a mirror image of each other. There are 78 cards, plus a backed insert card announcing the deck, a backed insert card describing the deck, and a pamphlet with the rules of tarot (tarock) in French.
As noted the cards and box are mint and sealed.
There is also a set of 22 cards designed by Pinot Zac called "Cartomancie de l'An 2000" – a different set of cards than this set.
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