Barbora Bartunkova works on European art, photography, and film from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on interwar and Cold War visual cultures. Her research interests include the intersection of art and politics, the representation of women and gender, and transnational cultural exchange.
Her dissertation, “Sites of Resistance: Antifascism and the Czechoslovak Avant-Garde,” offers an interdisciplinary study of artistic opposition to fascist ideology and violence in Europe between 1932 and 1945. Bartunkova will complete this project as the 2022–23 Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
As the 2018–19 Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Drawings and Prints Department at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Bartunkova conducted original research and wrote for the catalogue of the MoMA exhibition Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented (2020–21).
Most recently, she contributed a catalogue essay and a public lecture to the 2021–22 international exhibition dedicated to the avant-garde artist Toyen at the National Gallery in Prague, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. She has held curatorial and museum positions in institutions such as the Royal Academy, London, the Lobkowicz Collections, Prague, and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
Bartunkova holds an M.A. with Distinction in the History of Art from University College London (UCL), where she also received her B.A. in French with Film Studies. Her M.A. Dissertation, “Karel Kachyňa’s The Ear and Cultures of Surveillance in Communist Czechoslovakia,” was awarded the Oxford Art Journal Prize.