The Kronprinz

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad)

The performance starts and ends at the Kronprinz tower while the route itself is 2.5 kilometers long. Participants will walk through the streets and courtyards, discover beautiful parks and vacant lots of Rosgarten, a former district of Königsberg. The "Kronprinz Path" guides will talk about the history of the area and its past inhabitants, among whom are both well-known and unfairly forgotten artists and scientists, such as sci-fi writer Sergey Snegov, artist and sculptor Käthe Kollwitz or musician Sabak El Herr.

Covering both the German and Soviet periods, the promenade performance brings together these two highly distinctive periods and, in its own way, restores the historical continuity damaged greatly by the tragic events of the 20th century. The walk also allows the modern residents of the Kronprinz barracks as well as the citizens and guests of Kaliningrad to engage in a dialogue and reflect on the history of this remarkable place - a history that’s revealed in unfamiliar signs that have survived to this day and the images of those who lived here before.
The Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (NCCA, Kaliningrad) presents the promenade performance "The Kronprinz Path" - a collective walk with elements of theatrical action. This mockumentary-style performance is based on “The history of the Kronprinz barracks in Kaliningrad”, a research done by Ilya Dementyev, Doctor of Historical Sciences. The research details the German and Soviet past of the Kronprinz historical site, as well as its present.
Aleksandra Artamonova
The performance was created as part of the international project #R089 UrbCulturalPlanning "Cultural design as a method of urban social innovation", which has been implemented by the NCCA Kaliningrad since 2019. The main goal of the UrbCultural Planning project is to develop cooperation and improve communication between cities of the Baltic Sea region.

In Kaliningrad, the project focuses on the Kronprinz barracks, a 19th century historical and cultural monument, which served as an important element of the city's historic fortification ring. For many years, the historical site has been used by the Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (NCCA, Kaliningrad) to hold public art projects, concerts, and exhibitions.

With the help of cultural planning, as well as urban research methods that include surveying, mental mapping of the territory, and interviewing the local residents, we’re looking to define the role of contemporary art in the current landscape of Kaliningrad. This knowledge will allow us to understand how various cultural initiatives and projects created with reference to a specific place can unite and bring together the residents of a particular area. The Kronprinz Path project, which will last until September 2021, will include a promenade performance, an urban laboratory, public art projects, an exhibition, and an art guide.

Event dates: June 6 - July 18, 2021
Opening: June 6, 18:00
Location: the historical site of the "Kronprinz" barracks, 38 Litovskiy Val street, Kaliningrad
Event organizer: Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad)
Lead partner of the project: Danish Cultural Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark; Riga, Latvia)
Project coordinators: Evgeniy Umanskiy, Elena Tsvetaeva
Production designer: Sergey Kornyuschenko
Scriptwriter: Sergei Mikhailov (based on research by Ilya Dementiev)
Costume designer: Ivan Pchelintsev
Artists: Maria Azizulova, Mitya Zabelin, Igor Paschenko, Katerina Cherevko
Actors: Olga Korneichuk, Elena Lyamina, Lyubov Orlova, Ilya Richter, Gennadiy Filippovich, Maria Chernova
Performance dates: June 6, 12, 19, 20, 26, 27; July 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18
Start time: 18:00

Free admittance, online registration required
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For more information on the project participants and event schedule, please see:

The Cultural Planning project is implemented as part of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Cross-Border Cooperation Program and is funded by the European Union and the Russian Federation. More information about the project:


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The Baltic branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (NCCA, Kaliningrad) was founded on November 28, 1997. This is the only organization in Kaliningrad oblast that works in the field of contemporary art. In addition to displaying the finest examples of Russian and foreign contemporary art, NCCA also creates its own works. It also provides possibilities for cultural experiments, analysis, and criticism as well as contributing to the understanding of art as one of the most important factors in the development of the socio-cultural sphere. NCCA focuses on the unique strategies of artists and curators, their relevance and promotion in modern society, and also helps its visitors to navigate the modern art process.

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