52nd Edition of the International Exhibition of Humor

Theme of the year: GAMES, RIDDLES AND HUMOR

  • The Salone for three years has been part of a project managed directly by the municipal administration entitled "Bordighera city of humor", where the theme of the year is also extended to the Salone.

    Even the surrounding events are shared and harmonized and in fact, the City of Bordighera organizes in the premises of the former Anglican Church a retrospective exhibition of Raymond Peynet with the screening of the film "The World Tour of Lovers by Peynet" directed by Cesare Perfetto with the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

    Gianni Li Muli presents “Sentimental Graphic Journey to the Time of the American Musical” a gallery of drawings inspired by historical characters of Jazz and accompanied by original Jazz music.

    Some interesting conferences stand out: "Puzzles and humor" by Prof. Elio Macario, on how to smile through the enigmas proposed by the Italian language; and "How the joke is born" by Prof. Alessandro Zucchelli, or how to build humorous projects between depression and stress. On this occasion, Vezio Melegari presents the "New Manual of the Joke" published by Mondadori.

    The Salone takes its leave with a Chinese maxim, dear to Cesare: when you meet a man who is too tired who cannot offer you even a smile, leave him yours. Nobody needs a smile as much as someone who no longer knows how to give it ...

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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

  • 1999 Severgnini Letteratura umoristica
  • 1999 Rezza Letteratura umoristica
  • 1999 Backes Letteratura illustrata
  • 1999 Biassoni Letteratura ragazzi
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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