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Klara Kemp-Welch


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    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


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

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Research Output 2006 2016

'International Relations at the Foksal Gallery'

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

Research output: ResearchChapter (peer-reviewed)

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‘Jordan McKenzie and the Rhetoric of Power’

Kemp-Welch, K. 2014 Jordan McKenzie: [Exhibition Catalogue]. London and York: Arts Council of England and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Research output: ResearchChapter

‘Art Documentation and Bureaucratic Life: The ‘Case’ of the Studio of Documentation, Activities and Propagation’

Kemp-Welch, K. 2013 KwieKulik. Ronduda, L. & Schollhammer , G. (eds.). Vienna: JPR Ringier, p. 515-17

Research output: ResearchChapter (peer-reviewed)