From The Hundred Languages of Children towards a new exhibition

The Hundred Languages of Children is a travelling exhibition that has been telling the story of the Reggio Emilia educational experience worldwide to thousands of visitors for over twenty-five years (1981-2008).

During this time the municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia, together with affiliated infant-toddler centres and preschools and primary schools, have continued to enrich their journey and explore more deeply with further research. This has created a desire for a new exhibition, The Wonder of Learning, officially inaugurated in June 2008 in the United States, that accompanies the original The Hundred Languages of Children.

The Hundred Languages of Children, 1981-2008

25 years of touring, 5 editions of the European version and the duplication of the exhibit in 1987 for a North American version, many showings throughout Europe and across the ocean, hundreds of thousands of visitors of all nationalities: these figures have made The Hundred Languages of Children a fundamental point of reference for Italian and international pedagogical culture. First conceived by Loris Malaguzzi and his closest associates, this exhibit is rooted in the forty years of experience of the educational institutions operated by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. The exhibit bears witness to the originality and the extraordinary nature of the years of research that have led the Reggio Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools to become a primary point of reference for those who work in early childhood education worldwide. The exhibit was extremely innovative right from its origins. It is presented as a narrative of the possible, giving visibility to processes and life situations that cannot be linked to standard pedagogical models or preconstituted educational premises, theoretical certainties, or generalizable practice. Rather, the experience is based on incessant research and action that take place with a chorus of many voices, many hands, and many intelligences, the centre of which is the image of a child who is competent in building knowledge and a constant seeker of meanings.