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Klara Kemp-Welch


  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

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Klara Kemp-Welch was educated at University College London and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (BA French and Art History, 1999; MA Russian and East European Literature and Culture, 2001; PhD History of Art, 2008). Her doctorate on East-Central European Conceptualism was supervised by Professor Briony Fer. Before joining The Courtauld as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in 2009, she lectured at University College London, the University of the Arts London (Camberwell), and the University of York. While working on her current research project, Networking the Bloc. International Relations and Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1968-1989, she has benefited from an AHRC Early Career Fellowship and an Igor Zabel Working Grant.

Research interests

  • Artists’ networks
  • Experimental art and archives
  • International relations and the Cold War
  • East European art and politics
  • Latin American art and politics
  • Post-socialism and globalisation



  • AHRC Early Career Fellowship 


  • Igor Zabel Association Working Grant


  • Leverhulme Easly Career Fellowship 


  • MA History of Art Special Option: Countercultures. Alternative Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1959-1989 (with Dr Marko Ilic and Sofia Gotti)
  • BA2 Constellations Lecture Course: Cold War Cultures. Art in a Divided World 1945-1991 (with Professor Sarah Wilson)

PhD Students


  • Malgorzata Misniakiewicz, ‘(Art) Solidarity – An International Project: Polish Mail Art Exchanges with Eastern Europe’
  • Svitlana Biedarieva, ‘Challenging the Urban Legacies of the Olympics: Mexico City 1968-1994 and Moscow 1980-1991’.
  • Julia Maria Secklehner, ‘“Czechs” vs. “Austrians” National Identity in Caricature 1918-193’.
  • Claudia Zini, ‘Post-War Negotiations: Art from Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Global Field’.
  • Sofia Gurevich (Tate CDP), ‘The Form and Content of the early Soviet Book: A study through the country’s publishing industry institutions of the 1920s and 1930s’.
  • Wiktor Komorowski, ‘The Reversed Power of the Image: Graphic Art Biennials in Eastern Europe during the Cold War’.
  • Gergely von Kovacs, ‘Graphic Magazines and Poster Art in Inter-war Hungary’. 

Recently completed

  • Marko Ilic, ‘For a ‘Self-Managing’ Art: The ‘New Art’ Seen through Yugoslavia’s Student Cultural Centres’ (2016)
  • Sylwia Serafinowicz, ‘More than Documentation: Photography in the Polish People’s Republic Between 1965 and 1981’ (with Sarah Wilson, 2014)

Education/Academic qualification

… → 2008

… → 2001

… → 1999

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Research Output

Networking the Bloc: Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965-1981

Kemp-Welch, K., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge Massachusetts and London UK: MIT Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • ‘Reckoning with History’

    Kemp-Welch, K., Aug 2018, Writings on Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology. Marcocci, R. (ed.). New York: MoMA

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    ‘Soft-Spoken Encounters: International Exchanges and the Hungarian “Underground’’’

    Kemp-Welch, K., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Art in Hungary 1956-1980. Doublespeak and Beyond. Sasvari, E. (ed.). London: Thames and Hudson, p. 273-291

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    'International Relations at the Foksal Gallery'

    Kemp-Welch, K., 2016, Galeria Foksal 1966-2016. Warsaw: Galeria Foskal

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access

    ‘Species of Spaces in Eastern European and Latin American Experimental Art’

    Kemp-Welch, K., Dec 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

    Open Access