The Accademia dei Bambini is Fondazione Prada’s first project specifically created for children, and was developed by the neuropediatrician Giannetta Ottilia Latis, who laid the theoretical and operational groundwork. The architectural layout of the space was entrusted to a group of young students from the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, led by their teachers Cédric Libert and Elias Guenon. The result is a space that can take on diverse configurations depending on the programs to be developed inside.
The Accademia is a space created as an independent structure equipped with everything it needs to conduct multidisciplinary activities, not strictly connected with art exhibitions, but also open to intergenerational dialogue and debate related to pedagogical–cultural issues to be experienced through gameplay, creativity, learning and exchange. The Accademia presents free activities and workshops conducted by a range of different experts: educators, artists, scientists, directors. These “masters” will not only of teach or suggest techniques, but also remain open to learning and applying new skills that children may suggest.
The workshops will be devised and initiated by the a selection of “masters” in various different disciplines and coordinated by a group of educators, led by Marta Motterlini, an expert in museum educational programs.
From 5 November to 18 December the Accademia dei Bambini hosted a new series of workshops titled “Un robot per amico”, led by arist Massimo Sirelli, founder of website adottaunrobot.com. By using simple instruments and tools, children will learn how to create a toy-robot, and employ everyday materials in a creative way.
Right after “Marionette”, led by Compagnia Carlo Colla e Figli and “Un robot per amico” by Massimo Sirelli, this program will end with workshop series “A che gioco giochiamo?”, curated by the Accademia itself.
From mid-March, a new series of A partire da metà marzo iniziano i laboratori: “Segni – tracce – scritture” (“Signs – traces – writings”). The first part of the series has been conceived by Chinese artist and calligrapher Chen Li.
Along with the artist, children will find out more about the world of calligraphy, still fascinating and mysterious to this day.
The complete calendar of events can be found below.