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.
The Accademia dei bambini will be closed to the public until 12 January 2018.
From 13 January to 15 April 2018 a third series of workshops titled “LA SCRITTURA – IMMAGINE”, conceived and led by Chen Li, a calligrapher and artists with Chinese roots, will take place.
Alphabets and writing inspired by those from Ancient Egypt will be drawn employing natural pigments and quills to write and illustrate stories.