Traditional Romanian carpets and military toys, variable dimensions, 2015, National
Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest
The installation proposed by Cezar Lăzărescu can be interpreted
on various levels. It may be seen as an ironic expression of the
precarious situation of current Romanian army, whose budget has
been considerably increased due to regional geostrategic tensions.
But it may equally be conceived as an attempt of institutional critique
which derides the intensified security measures taken by the National
Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest due to its location in a
wing of the Palace of Parliament (the former House of the People).
Thus, the contradictions between rhetoric and facts, between the
pretences of public representation of these institutions and their
actual use in the service of the people are exhibited.