Anna Pravdová

Curator, National Gallery in Prague

Anna Pravdová is an art historian and curator of the Collection of Modern Art at the National Gallery in Prague. She previously worked as a curator in the collection of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery in Prague. She holds a PhD in Art History from Charles University in Prague and the University Paris I – Sorbonne for her research on Czech artists in France from 1918-1945. Her thesis on the topic received the John Jaffé Prize in France. She is the author of several monographs, catalogs, and studies concerning Czech artists living abroad and Czech-French relations in art and culture. She has curated a series of exhibitions on this topic, for example Jiří Kolář & Beatrice Bizot / Correspondage (2012); Jan Křížek (1919-1985) and the Paris Art Scene in the 1950s (2013); Caught by the Night: Czechs Artists in France 1938-1945 (2015). In 2015, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she conducted research for her book on Czech artists in the United States during WWII. Recently, she authored two monographs: Jan Křížek (1919-1985): The Human Must Be There and Senorita Franco and the Bloody Hound: The Painter, Cartoonist, and Illustrator Antonín Pelc (1895–1967) (co-edited with Tomáš Winter). Anna’s research interests include art history of the twenty century in the social and historical contexts and the relationship among art, literature, and politics.