Klara Kemp-Welch

Klara Kemp-Welch


  • Vernon Square, Penton Rise, Kings Cross, The Courtauld Institute of Art

    WC1X 9EW London

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


Klara Kemp-Welch works on intersections between modern and contemporary art and politics. She was educated at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and University College London, where her doctorate (2008) was supervised by Professor Briony Fer. She is the author of Antipolitics in Central European Art. Reticence as Dissidence under Post-Totalitarian Rule 1956-1989 (London: IB Tauris, 2014), Networking the Bloc. Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965-1989 (Cambridge Massachusetts and London, England: MIT Press, 2019) and co-editor of A Reader in East-Central European Modernism 1918-1956 with Beata Hock and Jonathan Owen (London: Courtauld Books Online, 2019). She is now writing a monograph on contemporary art, migration and mobility in the European Union.

Research interests


  • Modern and Contempory Art
  • International Relations
  • Migration and Mobility
  • The European Union
  • The Cold War
  • East European art and politics
  • Post-socialism 



  • AHRC Early Career Fellowship 


  • Igor Zabel Association Working Grant


  • Leverhulme Easly Career Fellowship 

PhD Students


  • Ana-Gabriela Rodriguez, Tracing Puerto Rican Graphic Arts: Bridging Workshops and Crossing Borders, 1940s-1970s (2018–)
  • Anya Smirnova, Net Art East: Postsocialist Artists’ Networks and New Media after 1989 (2018–)
  • Alice David, Countercultural Print Tactics: Printing Progress and Anti-Progress in Latin America between the 1970s and 1980s (2019–)
  • Katia Denysova, Fragmented Identities: Between Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Ukrainian Avant-Garde Art (2020–)
  • Hannah Healey, Artists for Democracy 1974-1977: International Solidarity in Britain (2022–)


  • Wiktor Komorowski, The Reversed Power of the Image: Exhibitions of Graphic Art in Eastern Europe during the Cold War (2023)
  • Chelsea Pierce, The Gorgona Paradigm: Private Art Practice in Socialist Yugoslavia (2022)
  • 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 (2020)
  • 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)

Education/Academic qualification

… → 2008

… → 2001

… → 1999


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