Located in the building’s west wing (to the rear of the Palace) is the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana; Wed–Sun 10am–6pm; €2). Accessed via a specially constructed glass annex and external elevators (which, as they take you up, give you some idea of the breathtaking scale of this building), it’s a superbly designed space.
The works on display are exclusively by Romanian artists, and mostly take the form of sculptures, collages and montages – there’s also a rare print from 1978 entitled Removing Mihai Voda Church, in reference to the repositioning of the church when Ceausescu set about demolishing the area (see below). Up on the third floor, an enormous darkened room holds a series of curious multi-media installations, including several large screen projections, one of which has a woman serenely desecrating her kitchen, and another of a naked man balancing on a circle of chairs. It’s a bit of a slog to get here, as you have to walk round the palace – walk up Calea 13 Septembrie and it’s the second entrance on the right.