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Ms Monica Bohm-Duchen

  • Overview



    Monica is an independent writer, lecturer & exhibition organizer, who has lectured on a part-time basis at Birkbeck College since 2004. The other institutions for which she has worked include Tate, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Sotheby's Institute of Art and the Courtauld Institute.

    The journals to which she has contributed include The Jewish QuarterlyRA MagazineArt Monthly and Modern Painters. She curated After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in Contemporary Art (1995) and co-curated Art in Exile in Great Britain 1933-1945 (1986), Rubies and Rebels: Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary British Art (1996) and Life? or Theatre? The Work of Charlotte Salomon (1998).

    Her many publications include Understanding Modern Art (1991), Chagall (1998), The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001) and The Art and Life of Josef Herman (2009). Her book Art and the Second World War was published by Lund Humphries in association with Princeton University Press in late 2013, and was nominated for the William M. B. Berger Prize for Art History 2013/14 and the National Award for Arts Writing, USA.

    She was the initiator and later the director of the Insiders/Outsiders Festival (, and contributing editor of the companion volume, Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture (Lund Humphries, 2019).

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • The Immigrant Experience in Modern British Art (ARVC216S6)
  • Publications