Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art Department at Yale University
Barbora Bartunkova served as the 2018–19 Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Drawings and Prints Department at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked with Senior Curator Jodi Hauptman. As a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art Department at Yale University, she works on European art and visual culture from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular interest in interwar avant-gardes and the Cold War. Her research interests include the intersections of art and politics, representations of women and gender, as well as the history and theory of film and photography. Her dissertation project examines the role of Czech artists Toyen and Adolf Hoffmeister within the rich networks of cultural exchange between the ‘East’ and the ‘West.’ 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.
As the only woman artist in the 1920s avant-garde group Devětsil and an important figure in both Czech and French Surrealism, Toyen produced a significant body of work in painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage.