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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Tarot de l’An 2000

“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, 1981, satirising 20th century life.

“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac (Giuseppe Zaccaria born in Italy 1930 – died 1985), published by France Cartes in 1981. The double-ended trump cards feature different ironic cartoons at each end, expressing the artist’s dismay and disillusionment with end-of-20th century life, the motor car, petroleum industry, electronics and the Freudian collective unconscious. The Trumps are numbered 1-21, but their titles are left to players’ imagination. The minor cards (pip cards) are transformed with more spicy sketches.

The 16 Court Cards

The court cards and also double ended and illustrated in colour, with the two ends a mirror image of each other. Giuseppe Zaccaria, also known as Pino Zac, studied architecture in Rome, before going into illustration.

Tarot de l'An 2000 designed by Pino Zac, 1981

Above: 16 court cards from Tarot de l’An 2000 designed by Pino Zac, published by France Cartes (Grimaud), 1981. The Fool is a rock star

See Wikipedia: Biography of Pino Zac

Tarot de l'An 2000 designed by Pino Zac, 1981
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