Wednesday, March 15, 2017

227. Contemporary Art at the Palace ...

In my last Blog Post I took you to the massive Palace of the Parliament - and although you can only gaze at the Palace from the street and not enter the building, part of the southwest wing is dedicated to the National Museum of Contemporary Art - so, being in the neighbourhood, I went for a look-see and certainly wasn't disappointed ...


The Gallery comprises five floors of individual galleries. Once in through the security check and with ticket in my hand, I misunderstood the guard's directions and took the stairs instead of the lift and ended up in the basement storeroom ... !!! ... with no-one about to hunt me out, it was quite interesting to have a poke around the art that wasn't on display ...





 

Finally found my way to the lift and headed to the top floor ... unfortunately the two top floors of the Museum were put over to New Art Form - video ... which doesn't really excite me and very difficult to photograph for a Blog ... !!! ... so I didn't hang around there for long ... back to the glass lift and down to the second floor ...

The entire floor - and we are talking a very large space here - is given over to a Retrospective exhibition of works by Romanian artist Nestor Coita. I found it very exciting work and the exhibition is beautifully curated in this magnificent space. My apologies to the artist for not providing the titles to my images - but there were just too many paintings and already the battery on my camera was telling me to take it easy ...
 






















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Then it was back to the lift again and down to the next floor which was also a Retrospective exhibition - this one featuring multi-media works from Romanian artist Mihai Olos ...
 




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Three floors of very engaging contemporary artworks all beautifully curated in a great space ... but alas, I was the only visitor during the couple of hours I spent there - apart from the very bored security guards with their faces buried in their smart phones, and a group of teenagers that were more interested in doing "selfies" than viewing the art ...
 

Goodness only knows what Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu would have thought of the art exhibited in their grand Palace - but I loved my visit to the Gallery and my first experience of Romanian art ...