The International Exhibition of Humor is born

  • The International Humor Exhibition in Bordighera was the first convention of authors of drawings and books dedicated to humor and still remains today in Europe one of the main cultural reference points in the sector. For the first reviews, the pages of the humorists published in the magazines Le Canard Enchaîné, Simplicissimus, Marc'Aurelio, Szpilki and The New Yorker are presented in the rooms of the Hotel del Parco (the future Palazzo del Parco). open to the best of the international scene.

    Only in 1952 will the awards of the Palme d'Or Trophy be established. The adventure begins… and the ship leaves the port!

    The site presents part of the thousands of works received over the span of over fifty years. It is divided into annual "Editions" starting from 1959, each containing, in addition to the most relevant drawings, the list of winners for drawing and humorous literature, the major awards awarded, news and testimonials of interest. An effective engine facilitates the search by author or keyword.

Read more
Latest News
May 9, 2024
November 25, 2023
After the Wow Comics Museum in Milan, the Salone arrives in Antibes, France.
October 31, 2023
A Little of Salone at the MAXXI in Rome
Info & Contacts


Via Conca Verde 12
18012 Bordighera, (IM)
Follow Us

The works are the intellectual property of the authors, protected by copyright, and are exhibited on the site for the sole purpose of preserving the cultural heritage of the "Salone”.

Salone Internazionale dell'Umorismo

The event could not have lasted for over fifty years without the contribution of numerous "volunteers" and "precepts" who brought enthusiasm and desire to do whatever the task received, with nineteenth-century shifts! From the choice of the drawings, to the preparation of the panels (always the same every year), to the posting with various pins of the hundreds of drawings up to the presence on stage.

We therefore want to thank, in absolutely no order but with equal contributions, all those who come to mind, apologizing if we miss some, but we are ready to fix it!

Sponsors: Agnesi, Olio Calvi, Olio Carli, Pallanca, Martini & Rossi, Atkinsons, Seat - Pagine Gialle, Fiat, Citizen, La Stampa, Radio Montecarlo, etc.

The accommodation activities, Chez Louis, Bar GP, La Vecchia, Mino du Re Dolceacqua, Terme di Pigna, Ristorante Cacciatori Imperia, Hotel Michelin,

Presenters: Luisella Berrino, Cesare Viazzi, Roberto Basso (Rama di Palma d'Oro 1985)

The employees of the Autonomous Tourist Board and of the Municipality of Bordighera