Vendula Hnídková

Art and Architecture Historian

Topic: Cubism, Abstraction, The Bauhaus Movement

Vendula Hnídková is art and architecture historian based in Prague. She specializes in 20th century architecture focusing on broad political, historical and economic context. Since 2005, she has been employed as a researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 2013 she has also lectured at the Architectural Institute in Prague. In 2013, she was awarded Otto Wichterle Prize for young scientists.

Vendula has studied art history in Prague, Brno, Vienna, and Helsinki and holds a Ph.D. in Theory of Design and Intermedia from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. She has published books Pavel Janák. Obrys doby (2009), National Style. Art and Politics (2013) and recently completed another with the title Moscow 1937. Architecture and Propaganda (to be published in 2017). In 2013, she curated the exhibition National Style. Art and Politics and in 2015, cooperated in the exhibition project Building a State. Both took place at the National Gallery in Prague.

Between 2013-2015, she was the joint researcher in the project Asymetrische Kunstgeschichte "Erforschung und Vermittlung 'prekärer' Denkmälerbestände im Kalten Krieg" (Asymmetrical Art History - Research and communication of ‘precarious’ monuments in the Cold War) organized by the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2011-2016 she was a permanent correspondent for the Dutch architectural journal, A 10 new European architecture and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Czech journal ERA21, focusing on contemporary architecture. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Stanislav Sucharda Museum Foundation in Prague.