30th Edition of the International Exhibition of Humor

Theme of the year: BUREAUCRACY

  • From this year, the Salone has benefited from the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, a recognition that crowns such international event of quality. The exhibition was inaugurated for the first time by a Minister, the Hon. Dario Antoniozzi, Minister of the tourism.

    Bureaucracy: different ideas and styles but only one goal: to attempt a trial against the world bureaucracy! With several thousand drawings received from 47 countries, this edition is one of the richest. "Bureaucracy is in fact a universal phenomenon: Western and Eastern European and extra European, democratic or undemocratic countries, all suffer from this disease" says Paolo del Vaglio from the columns of Avvenire. The theme is tackled with vigorous irony as exemplified by the two castaways of the Argentine Quino or by the obsequious official of the Polish Zbigniew Juika.

  • Valentin Rosancev, Russia, receives the Palme d'Or for the design, Quino, Argentina, the Golden Date for the Fixed Theme, Karol Seles designs the poster. Luciano De Crescenzo wins the Palme d'Or for Humorous Literature with "Cosí spoke Bellavista".

    Among the accompanying initiatives, we remember the Humor Car exhibition by FIAT.

    Also this year, the exhibition after Bordighera is exhibited at the foyer of the Council of Europe building in Strasbourg.

    For the thirtieth edition, the humorists present to Cesare a heartfelt tribute to the "Thirty Years War" that the Salone has victoriously fought and won. The text contains an ironic and affectionate invitation to Cesare to “roll up your sleeves, after having blown your nose” because the history of the Salone must continue! Invitation accepted.

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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

  • 1977 De Crescenzo Letteratura umoristica
  • 1977 Tabacco Letteratura umoristica
  • 1977 Collaci Letteratura umoristica
  • 1977 Forattini Letteratura illustrata
  • 1977 Sissa Letteratura ragazzi
  • 1977 Bonvicini (Bonvi) Humour Comics

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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!

    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