Art
International competition «Tower Kronprinz: Second Advent»
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International competition "Tower Kronprinz: Second Advent" (2005-2011) was aiming at drawing the attention of the Kaliningrad residents and professional community to the future residency of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Kaliningrad — tower "Kronprinz".

In the course of the project over 250 applications from artists from 23 countries were received. 28 site-specific art projects were implemented and over 15000 residents of Kaliningrad and tourists saw the best artworks in the framework of the Museum night and special presentations in 2006-2011.

The competition was open to international and Russian artists, who had a possibility to apply with a new project focused on the tower "Kronprinz" or designed specifically to be shown on its territory. The idea to work with site-specific installation on the monument emerged as the reconstruction process dragged on.
It turned out to be not that easy to adapt the monument for a modern museum facility. A team of architects had so solve a hard task of finding a solution for co-existence of a historical place with a contemporary venue that requires new level of comfort and maintenance.
The competition allowed to not only manifest the reconstruction as the creative process of change, but also demonstrate the capacity of contemporary artists to interpret and reposition the monument. Besides, art projects involved local population, which allowed them to witness all stages of reconstruction of the monument.
The piece of the French artist Laurent Pernot was one of the last projects implemented in the framework of the Competition (2011). It is quite symbolic for the current moment: the neon text "No more miracles", without punctuation, appeared on the tower, and the audience had to decide whether or not to put comma after the word "no".
Photo Alexander Lyubin