Klara Kemp-Welch

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


  • 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.
  • Chelsea Pierce, “We are not Gorgona”: Defining the Spirit of the Gorgona Group 1959-1966
  • Ana-Gabriela Rodriguez, Beyond the Caribbean: Tracing Puerto Rican Graphic Arts 1950s-1970s
  • Alice David, Print Tactics and Countercultural Art in Latin America: Performing Resistance through the Print Medium in the 1970s to 1980s


  • Sofia Gurevich, The Form and Content of the early Soviet Book: A study through the country’s publishing industry institutions of the 1920s and 1930s
  • Svitlana Biedarieva, Challenging the Urban Legacies of the Olympics: Mexico City 1968-1994 and Moscow 1980-1991 (2019)
  • Claudia Zini, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Contemporary Art from a Post-Conflict Society (2019)
  • Malgorzata Misniakiewicz, (Art) Solidarity – An International Project: Polish Mail Art Exchanges with Eastern Europe (2018)
  • Julia Maria Secklehner, “Czechs” vs. “Austrians” National Identity in Caricature 1918-193 (2018)
  • 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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