I don’t believe in horoscope, I’m more a “Man the Maker” kind of guy, but every year I have fun reading my future predictions. In doing so, this time, I let myself be seduced by the images drawn from old Maps of the Sky; which turned out to be the main inspiration for this post of the Moodboard series.
A few months ago, during one of my usual iconographic researches, I discovered the artwork Gymnasts of the USSR (1964-65) by Dmitri Dmitrievich Zhilinskyj, a Russian painter who joined the Soviet art movement called ‘Severe Style‘.
This movement was born in the mid ’60s, when the communist utopianism began to decline, and it was mainly featured by the change of the dictates of the Socialist Realism (the only style allowed by the regime), highlighting the suffering of the heroic figures and replacing the glory of the collective work with the introspection of the individual characters.
Dmitrij Ţilinskij, Gymnasts of the USSR(1964-65) – Saint Petersburg, National Russian Museum