Dr Vendula Hnídková PhD

Dr Vendula Hnídková

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Contact details

The Barber Institute of Fine Art
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

The main focus of my research is modern and contemporary architectural production in Central Europe as framed by questions of national identities, internationalism, interrelations between architecture and politics which leads me to rewriting art history from the margins.


  • PhD Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague
  • MA Masaryk University, Brno


I hold a PhD in Theory and History of Design and New Media from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague which was preceded by my Master degree in History of Art from Masaryk University in Brno. I also studied at the Aalto University in Helsinki and at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte at the Vienna University. Before joining the University of Birmingham, I worked at the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in research and teaching positions.


I am currently researching Garden Cities Movement in the project Idea, Ideal, Idyll: Garden Cities in Central Europe 1890s-1930s, funded by the ERC (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship). This project examines processes of cultural and intellectual exchange between Britain and Central Europe, with particular regard to ideas of urban and architectural design.

In 2013-2017 I was a member of research project Prefabricated Housing Estates in the Czech Republic as Part of the Urban Environment: An Evaluation and Presentation of Thein Housing and Living Potential. The research, organized by Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, pioneered investigation of the prefabricated housing in Czechoslovakia in terms of art history and urban planning.

In 2013-2015 I have participated as a joint researcher for the project Asymetrische Kunstgeschichte? Erforschung und Vermittlung ´prekärer´ Denkmälerbestände im Kalten Krieg at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (principal researcher Michaela Marek).


Other activities

  • I am editor of RIHA Journal.
  • In 2015 I co-organised an international conference Elites in the 20th Century: Continuity or Discontinuity at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.
  • Since 2014 I am a member of Board of Directors in a Foundation Museum Stanislav Sucharda, Prague. In the Foundation we intend to open a private house museum in an exceptionally preserved monument of early Modernism designed by architect Jan Kotěra for his friend sculptor Stanislav Sucharda.
  • In 2013 I curated an exhibition National Style. Arts and Politics in the National Gallery in Prague. It radically reinterpreted national issues in the visual culture and architecture of early Czechoslovakia.
  • In 2012 – 2018 I curated Window Gallery IAH in Prague. I focused on popularization of research outputs in a public space.
  • In 2009 I was one of the founding members of NGO Věda žije! that popularizes science among public