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  The exhibit “L’occhio se salta il muro – Ipotesi per una didattica della visione” (When the Eye Jumps Over the Wall – Hypothesis for a Didactic of Vision) is shown in Reggio Emilia, a testimony to the work carried out in the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia. The exhibit is also offered as the statement of a way of working with project-based thinking; a sort of verification, both internal and public, of what had been produced in these institutions as a result of their pedagogical and expressive research. The design and organization of the exhibit, and the exhibit itself, provide an important tool for the professional development and updating of teachers, atelieristas, and pedagogistas.
  “L’occhio se salta il muro” goes to Stockholm: the showing at the Moderna Museet, accompanied by a Swedish television documentary and the interest of educators, journalists, and writers of Stockholm, extends the notoriety of the exhibit also to the other side of the Atlantic. This first encounter between different experiences and cultures represents a precious opportunity for reflection and for revisiting the exhibit in terms of both content and communicative structures.
  Redesigned and duplicated, the exhibit is given the new title “The Hundred Languages of Children – Narrative of the Possible. Proposals from the Children of the Municipal Preschools of Reggio Emilia.”
Two versions, one European and one for North America, begin a parallel journey on the two continents. Each showing is accompanied by professional development initiatives, meetings, seminars, and conferences, which help to expand and deepen the dialogue between the various educational experiences and that of Reggio Emilia.
  The new European version of the exhibit is shown in Reggio Emilia, with additional interactive parts. The inauguration is presided over by Luciano Corradini, under-secretary of the Italian Ministry of Education.
  The exhibit entitled “De Kinderen van Reggio Emilia” (The Children of Reggio Emilia) is shown at the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam; it is an original interpretation of the narrative structure of the Hundred Languages exhibit, the result of a shared experience of pedagogical and cultural exchange between the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Reggio Children, and three important Dutch organizations: the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts), and Stichting Pedagogiekontwikkeling voor het jonge kind (Foundation for the Educational Development of the Young Child).
  An analogous experience of reinterpreting the exhibit is carried out in France on occasion of the showing at the Musée de l’Objet in the city of Blois. The adaptations made in Amsterdam and Blois demonstrate the continuous evolution of the exhibit and its aim to offer a context and an opportunity for research.
Also in 2000, work is completed on the updating of the North American version of the exhibit and the digitization of the panels in both this and the European version. The computerization process, which enables the translation of the texts into different languages as well as easier duplication and greater simplicity in shipping, makes it possible for the exhibit to be shown simultaneously in several countries.
  This is perhaps the most intense year so far for “The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibit: it is shown in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Chile, and Luxembourg, a truly new experience of contemporaneous showings.
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