Dr Marta Filipov√°

Dr Marta Filipov√°

Department of History
Research Fellow

Contact details


  • PhD in the History of Art
  • PGCert


I did a joint Masters programme in History of Art and English at Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and hold a PhD in History of Art from the University of Glasgow. Before joining the University of Birmingham, I worked at Newcastle University, Nottingham Trent and the University of Wolverhampton.


I am currently working on a monograph on the cultural and political history of the Czech speaking lands between 1895 and 1939, focusing on the relationship between art criticism and art history on the one hand and the political environment on the other.

My research focuses on the historiography of art history in Central Europe and the formation of national identity in the region. I am also interested in international, national and regional exhibitions and world’s fairs and their role in promoting identities.

I edited a volume on international exhibitions Cultures of International Exhibitions 1840-1940: Great Exhibitions in the Margins (Routledge, 2015) and published essays and reviews on Central European modernism in a number of books and journals, including the Austrian History Yearbook, Journal of Design History, Centropa, the RIHA Journal. 

Other activities

I organized an international conference Great Exhibitions in the Margins, 1851-1938 in 2012. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an occasional translator between Czech and English. In my spare time I run a Czech supplementary school in Birmingham.



  • Ed., Cultures of International Exhibitions 1840-1940. Great Exhibitions in the Margins(Routledge, 2015).
  • Between East and West. The Vienna School and the Idea of Czechoslovak Art,” The Journal of Art Historiography 8(2013)
  • Ed., Možnosti vizuálních studií. Obrazy-texty-interpretace [Visual Studies and its Futures. Images-Texts-Interpretations]. Co-edited with M. Rampley (Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2007).


  • “Peasants on display: The Czechoslavic Ethnographic Exhibition of 1895”, Journal of Design History 24.1 (2011) pp. 15-36.
  • ”The Construction of a National Identity in Czech Art History,” Centropa. A Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts VIII, no. 3 (2008)pp.257–271.

Book chapters

  • "Czech Crystal or Bohemian Glass? The Nationality of Design in the Czech Republic" in Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei, eds., Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization (Berghahn Books, 2016).
  • “Regional Modernity and the Global Exhibition Network. Prague’s exhibitions of 1891 and 1895” in Grace Brockington and Sarah Turner, eds., Imagined Cosmopolis: Internationalism and Cultural Exchange 1870-1920 (Peter Lang, 2016).
  • “Exhibiting continuity and rupture. Exhibitions of arts and industries in Austria Hungary and Czechoslovakia,” in Paul Miler – Claire Morelon, eds. As If There Had Been No Revolution At All.” Continuity and Rupture With the Habsburg Regime, 1914 to Today (Berghahn Books, 2015).
  • “Ephemeral Ideologies. Exhibitions and the Politics of Display, 1891-1958,” in Miklos Szekely, ed. Ephemeral Architecture in Central-Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries (L’Harmattan, 2016), pp. 221-234.
  • “Podoby vizuálních studií,” [The many faces of visual studies] Iluminace, časopis pro teorii, historii a estetiku filmu [Illuminations: the journal for film theory, history and aesthetics] 21, no. 1 (2009) pp. 68-80.
  • “Vizuální studia: obsahy, východiska, metody,” [Visual studies: contents, histories, methods] in Média dnes: reflexe mediality, médií a mediálních obsahů [Media today: reflexions on mediality, media and media contents] (Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2008) pp. 141–152.
  • “Czechoslovakia and Czech art history between nationalism and internationalism. Challenges to art history in the new state,” Études balkaniques 4 (2008): Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Central and South-Eastern Europe 1850-1950, pp. 148-164.


  • Review of Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel Čapek and His Generation, 1911-1938 by Thomas Ort (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), forthcoming in Austrian History Yearbook XLVIII, 2017.
  • Review of Silent Revolutions in Ornament: Studies in Applied Arts and Crafts from 1880–1930 by Lada Hubatová-Vacková, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 2, no. 2 (2013), pp. 240-242.
  • Review of Prague: The Capital of the Century. A Surrealist History by Derek Sayer, The Times Education Higher, 30 May 2013, p.48.
  • Review of ‘Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design,’ exhibition curated by Rick Poynor at the Brno Graphic Design Biennial 2010, Moravská galerie Brno, Czech Republic, in West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture 18, no. 1 (2011), pp. 131-134.
  • Review of Marie Rakušanová, Bytosti odnikud, in Art & Antiques 5 (2009) pp. 72–74.


Translations from Czech into English (selected)

  • Vincenc Kramář, “Franz Wickhoff, obituary,” The Journal of Art Historiography (2013).
  • Vincenc Kramář, “The Origin and State of Modern Still-Life. The Creative Act of Caravaggio”, (originally published in Volné směry XXIII, 1924-1925, pp. 129-60 and 177-188). In Art in Translation 4, no. 3 (2012), pp. 301-334.
  • Emil Filla, “Edvard Munch and Our Generation,” (originally published in Volné směry XXXVI, 1938-49) in Art in Translation 4, no. 2 (2012), pp. 137-147.
  • Bohumil Kubišta, “Towards Spiritual Essence of the Modern Age” (originally published in Česká kultura 2, 1913-1914), Art in Translation 3, no. 1 (2011), pp. 27-35
  • František Šmejkal, “Kurt Schwitters and Prague”, translated by Marta Filipova from Czech (‘Kurt Schwitters a Praha’, Umení, 1986/ 34, No. 6) Art in Translation 3, no. 1 (2011), pp. 53-68.
  • Hubert Guzik, “The Diogenes Family. The Collectivization of Accommodation in Bohemia 1905-1948”, (originally published in Umění, Prague, 2006), Art in Translation 1, no. 3 (2009), pp. 381-417.

Translations from English into Czech (selected)

  • Mikš, F. – Kesner L., eds., Gombrich: Porozumět umění a jeho dějinám (Brno: Barrister and Principal, 2010).
  • M. Filipová – M. Rampley, eds., Možnosti vizuálních studií (Brno: Barrister and Principal 2007)