35th Edition of the International Exhibition of Humor

Theme of the year: PEACE AND LOVE

  • The theme has a Franciscan flavor and had already appeared in 1959, when the event still had a pioneering character; the cartoons on display centered on the goal of moving the smile but above all of making people meditate on the horrors of war. In recent editions, albeit indirectly, this theme has been present: in 1980 there was talk of the Moscow Olympics and in the cartoons bombs appeared inside the Olympic circles, in 1979 the theme was "Oil" and in the background tanks are seen. Last year the theme was "City to live" and even here around the corner the guns were sticking out. As if to say, the humorists, through the Salone, are clearly pacifists and they do not fail to prove it.
    Hans Stenzel, West Germany, is awarded the coveted Palme d'Or; Carlos Villar Aleman, Cuba, wins the Golden Date for the Fixed Theme and Jurg Furrer designs the poster.
    Felice Andreasi wins the Palme d'Or for Humorous Literature with "D'amore si muore".
    On July 26, the Hon. Gianfranco Orsini inaugurates the Salone and Luciana Lanzarotti presents the award ceremony for the books and Pippo Franco, who receives a Palme d'Or for sympathy, enlivens the award ceremony evening.
    “Bordighera in Belgrade” is the title of an exhibition and a tribute to the humorous weekly Jez al Salone, with which it has had fruitful and friendly relations for years. The exhibition includes about fifty cartoons by authors from various Italian regions.

Read more

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 first main ones that are assigned by juries of strong personalities are the Palme d'Or trophy which is the highest recognition for the Authors, the Golden Date and the Silver Date.

The drawings

Books of the year

  • 1982 Andreasi Letteratura umoristica
  • 1982 Pistilli Letteratura umoristica
  • 1982 Morgione Letteratura umoristica
  • 1982 Nidasio Letteratura ragazzi
    Latest News
    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
    October 23, 2023
    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