43rd Edition of the International Exhibition of Humor


  • Humor anticipates history! Two years in advance Bordighera celebrates one of the most illustrious Ligurian characters, to allow a selection of drawings to be exhibited in many cities before the "Colombian" celebrations end in 1992. And in fact, Aosta, Genoa, Matera, Milan, Amsterdam, Geneva, London, Strasbourg, are the stages of this successful event. The interpretations of the theme by the humorists are different, those who reverse the roles between natives and conquistadors and those who affirm their value, those who complain about the discovery of fast food or military power, those who dream of a journey not to discover America but "sun of the future" and who instead dreams of the fashion show on New York's Fifth Avenue!

    Vladimir Nenashev, Russia, is awarded the Palme d'Or; Toni Tasco, Belgium, wins the Golden Date for the Fixed Theme and Pietro Ardito designs the poster. Alessandro Bergonzoni wins the Palme d'Or for humorous literature with "The whales remain seated".

    Hon. Paolo Emilio Taviani, as President of the Colombians, inaugurates the exhibition while the Hon. Giulio Andreotti is President of the Jury for Literature.

    The traditional Barbecue party at the Pallanca exotic garden and impromptu meetings on the main street where Tino del GP prepared aperitifs for everyone and in the gardens of the Michelin Hotel, where Stefano set tables with local specialties

    Awards ceremony at the Roof garden of the Sanremo Casino with the performance of the comedian Alessandro Bergonzoni.

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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

  • 1990 Bergonzoni Letteratura umoristica
  • 1990 Lodge Letteratura umoristica
  • 1990 Caruso Letteratura umoristica
  • 1990 Marcella & Lucio Trojano Letteratura illustrata
  • 1990 Petrosino Letteratura ragazzi
  • 1990 Chiappori 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)

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