Marcela Hanáčková

Mgr. Marcela Hanáčková Ph.D.

Department of Art of the 19th-21st Centuries


Marcela Hanáčková is an architecture historian. She focuses primarily on history of modern movement in Central Europe, Soviet international propaganda during the Cold War, and connections between architecture and politics. Most recently she has started researching on European left-wing avantgarde and its interactions with socialist realism. She develops this theme also in her post-doctoral research titled: Between modernism and socialist realism. A comparative study of post-war left-wing avantgarde in France and Czechoslovakia.

She studied art history and humanities at Charles University in Prague. She graduated from gta/ETH Zurich with a dissertation CIAM and the Cold War. Helena Syrkus between Modernism and Socialist Realism, 2019. She was awarded by several international research scholarships in Poland, Hungary, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

Her published work and conferences papers address mainly to Czechoslovak and Polish avant-garde, post-war CIAM and Team 10, architecture and Cold War and indoctrination of socialist realism.

She worked as a teaching and research assistant at several universities and organizations: Faculty of architecture (Czech Technical University) in Prague, Institute for Christian Art (Catholic Theological Faculty, Charles University) in Prague, currently she also works for Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.


Research outputs (selection):

Marcela Hanáčková, „National in Form, Socialist in Content. National Heritage Research in the Era of Socialist Realism/Národní formou socialistická obsahem. Výzkum národního dědictví v době socialistického realismu“, in: The Futur eis Hidden in the Present/Budoucnost je skryta v přítomnosti, eds. Karolina Jirkalová, Veronika Rollová, Vysoká škola umělecko-průmyslová/Academy of Arts, (Prague: Architecture and Design in Prague 2022), in press. (in Czech/English)

———, “First Steps of Socialist Realism in Czechoslovakia. Soviet Architects´ Long Visit in 1946/1947 and Czechoslovak Response”, in: Umění/Art, 2022, in press. (in English).

———, “Building a New Warsaw – Building a Social Warsaw. The First Reconstruction Plans and their International Review”, in: Re-humanizing Architecture. New Forms of Community 1950-1970, eds. Ákos Moravánszky and Judith Hopfengärtner (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2016), 203-217. (in English)

———, “Team 10 and Czechoslovakia. Secondary Networks”, in: Team 10 East: Revisionist Architecture in Real Existing Modernism, ed. Stanek, Łukasz (Warsaw: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2014), 73-99. (in English)

———, “Karel Teige and Urban Planning. Socialist and Functionalist Concepts on the Background of CIAM Congresses”, in: Pro R. Š. aka Grand Master, ed. Terezie Nekvindová and Karolína Jirkalová (Prague: Ausdruck Books, 2013), 18-25. (in Czech)

———, “Czech Group of CIAM after the Second World War”, Umění (no. 2, 2008), 134-148. (in Czech)




Between modernism and socialist realism. A comparative study of French and Czechoslovak left avantgarde at the outbreak of the Cold War (PPLZ, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, with a support of INHA, Paris).

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