12th Edition of the International Exhibition of Humor

Theme of the year: FAR WEST

  • Cesare inaugurates a new section on topical issues. The Fixed Theme drawing award is born: the pencils of international professionals and amateurs compared on social and cultural issues. The question of whether it was a good idea is quickly resolved: over 130 humorists from 25 countries participate!

    Giorgio Cavallo is awarded the Palme d'Or; Eric Lawson Malpass, Great Britain, wins the Palme d'Or for humorous literature with "Baccano in Soffitta".

    Vernon Green (Arcibaldo and Petronilla), Reg Smythe (Andy Capp) Ugo Tognazzi and Aldo Fabrizi are present in Bordighera, the latter for the 5th Humoristic Film Festival. On this occasion, the Salone assigns the Magiargè Prize to Vittorio Gassman and Mario Monicelli, for the film "I soliti Ignoti", and to Giulietta Masina for her acting verve.

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The Awards

The Salone recognizes the artistic qualities of the participants in drawing and literature with several awards. Some prestigious institutions have wanted to add their patronage such as the Council of Europe, the Presidency of the Republic, the City of Bordighera and various other regional bodies and private foundations. The main prizes that are awarded by juries of outstanding personalities are the Palme d'Or trophy which represents the highest recognition for the Authors, the Golden Date and the Silver Date.

The drawings

Books of the year

  • 1959 Malpass Letteratura umoristica
  • 1959 Nabokov Letteratura umoristica
  • 1959 Kerr Letteratura umoristica

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    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!

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