36° Edition of Salone Internazionale dell'Umorismo


  • This year's fixed theme is an inspiration and a provocation, partly irreverent and partly committed, which comes out of the traditional indications of the past. The choice particularly stimulated the younger and nonconformist participants. There is Teresa Vergari who wants to throw away Alitalia (it took almost forty years ...) or Danilo Paparelli who wonders about himself or Süleyman Özkonuk who wants to eliminate the big cities, or Frantisek Mraz who gets rid of all the superfluous of modernity: in short, diversified interpretations.
    In Guillermo Mordillo, Argentina, the coveted Palma d'Oro Trophy for drawing, while Frantisek Mraz, Czech Republic, wins the Golden Date for the Fixed Theme and Hans Stenzel designs the manifesto. Dino Verde wins the Palme d'Or for Humorous Literature with "A thousand and one notes".
    In addition to the usual clamor, this year there are a couple of new features: due to work on the Palazzo del Parco, the award ceremony will take place at the Roof Garden of the Sanremo Casino (first migration). Not only that, the Palme d'Or for humorous literature is not awarded because "the works presented do not have the required literary characteristics" according to the final judgment of the jury!
    However, "the show must go on" and the gracefulness of Maria Giovanna Elmi RAI presenter who is in charge of the award ceremony, the 40th anniversary of the Peynet Fidanzatini for which the Communist Party of Bordighera (!) even asks for the conferral of honorary citizenship , the Palme d'Or to Guillermo Mordillo, the presence of the Minister of Tourism, Nicola Signorello, make 1983 a satisfactory edition.

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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 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

  • 1983 Verde Letteratura umoristica
  • 1983 Della Rocca Letteratura umoristica
  • 1983 Rossetti Letteratura illustrata
  • 1983 Pederiali Letteratura ragazzi
  • 1983 Saint Pierre Humour Comics
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    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)

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