Accademia dei bambini is the Fondazione Prada’s project specifically created for children. It was developed by the neuropediatrician Giannetta Ottilia Latis, who laid the theoretical and operational groundwork while curating its content until June 2019. The space, designed by a group of young students from the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, led by their teachers Cédric Libert and Elias Guenon, can always take on new configurations by adapting to diverse programs.
Accademia dei bambini presents multidisciplinary activities with the aim of promoting an intergenerational dialogue and inviting to a gameplay, creativity and learning experience. Every workshop is conducted by a different “master”. “Masters” are architects, educators, artists, scientists, directors and musicians who willing not only to teach, but also to acquire new inspirations.
The workshops proposed by the “masters” are then developed by a group of educators coordinated by Marta Motterlini, an expert in museum educational programs.
All the activities created by the “masters” are documented and collected in Momenti, the video archive of Accademia dei bambini.
Pediatrician and neonatologist Gabriele Ferraris will be the curator of the program from September 2019.
The new cycle of workshops focuses on the theme of language, intended as a form of communication that continuously evolves. Children experience new ways of expressing themselves through discoveries related to biology and evolution of species and approaching artificial intelligence.
They explore the body language through the waggle dance and that of sound through the symphony of the forest. They listen to the first cry of a baby in astonishment and play with animals’ calls creating an illustrated dictionary. Finally, they approach poetry as the highest linguistic expression, translated into emotions, suggestions and dreamlike visions.
The new cycle of workshops is conceived by the curator as “a piece in the positive infinity for a polite communication: immediately”.
Accademia dei bambini will be closed from 9 December 2019 to 17 January 2020
For the periodically updated workshop schedule see the bottom of the page.