Katarína Mašterová

Mgr. et Mgr. Katarína Mašterová, Ph.D.

Department of Art of the 19th-21st Centuries

phone: +420 221 183 548

Katarína Mašterová, PhD.

Researcher at the Department of Art of the 19th–21st Centuries and CVF – Photography Research Centre.

Katarína Mašterová studied art history and archeology at the Faculty of Arts and the Catholic Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague (PhD. 2015). She completed a study stay at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has been employed as a researcher at the Institute of Art History since 2016 and is one of the founding members of the Center for Photography Research (CVF). She is currently a co-investigator of the grant project The Matrix of Photomechanical Reproductions: Histories of Remote Access to Art (Lumina Quaeruntur, 2023–2027). Earlier she was a co-investigator (and the principal investigator in 2019–2020) of the grant project Josef Sudek and the Photographic Reproduction of Works of Art: From a Private Art Archive to the Representing a Cultural Heritage (NAKI II, 2016–2020) and participated in its outcomes such as publications, exhibitions, conference, interactive map, certificated methodology and online database ( She is the author of the exhibition and the monograph Svoboda+Palcr: Seeing Sculptures (2019). In her research, she focuses on the history of photography of the 20th century, reproductions of works of art, photographic archive, photomechanical reproductions, and photographers Josef Sudek and Jan Svoboda. From 2023, she teaches the history of applied photography at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. In the past, she worked as an archaeologist at the Institute of Archeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and co-founded the non-profit Gallery K4 (2010–2014).

Main research outputs:

Katarína Mašterová, Svatý Vít, chrám národa. Nevydaná publikace Josefa Sudka, Umění / Art 70, 2022, no. 2, pp. 208–227

Katarína Mašterová, Jan Svoboda – ein Fotograf unter Künstler:innen, in: Frédéric Bussmann - Philipp Freytag (eds.), Zwischen Avantgarde und Repression. Tschechische Fotografie 1948–1968, Dresden: Sandstein Verlag, 2022, pp. 128–135

Katarína Mašterová, Light on Sculpture, Sculpture in Light, in: Hana Buddeus (ed.), Sudek and Sculpture, Prague: Artefactum and Karolinum, 2020, pp. 235–329

Katarína Mašterová, Sudek’s Archival Garden, in: Hana Buddeus (ed.), Sudek and Sculpture, Prague: Artefactum and Karolinum, 2020, pp. 331–413

Exhbition Lovelies from the Files. Sudek and Sculpture, House of Photography, Prague City Gallery, 23 June – 28 September 2020  – curator with Hana Buddeus

Katarína Mašterová (ed.), Svoboda + Palcr: Vidět sochy, Praha: Artefactum, 2019

Katarína Mašterová (ed.), Josef Sudek: Topografie sutin / The Topography of Ruins, Praha: Artefactum, 2018

Hana Buddeus – Katarína Mašterová – Vojtěch Lahoda (edd.), Instant Presence. Representing Art in Photography, Praha: Artefactum, 2017

Katarína Mašterová, Jan Svoboda and Photographs of Works of Art, in: Rostislav Koryčánek – Jiří Pátek (edd.), Jan Svoboda: I’m not a photographer, Brno: Moravian Gallery in Brno,  2015, pp. 42–59







Current projects:

The Matrix of Photomechanical Reproductions: Histories of Remote Access to Art (Lumina Quaeruntur, 2023–2027, co-investigator)


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