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 project, “Sites of Resistance: Antifascism and the Czechoslovak Avant-garde” explores the ways in which artists articulated new aesthetic and political strategies to challenge the rise of Fascism and National Socialism in Europe, across a range of media and disciplines.
Barbora was a 2018–19 Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Drawings and Prints Department at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and served as an exhibition consultant to the MoMA exhibition Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented. She also participated in the 2020 Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice.
Most recently, she has contributed with an essay to the catalogue accompanying the international monographic exhibition on the avant-garde artist Toyen, organized by the National Gallery in Prague, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. The essay, entitled “Toyen and the Specters Haunting Interwar Europe,” explores the artist’s relationship to leftist politics and antifascism in the interwar period.
Barbora holds an M.A. with Distinction in the History of Art from University College London, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in French with Film Studies. 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.