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Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Krzysztof is Professor of Visual Culture teaching across both BA Fine Art and Postgraduate Research. Since completing a PhD on the Surrealist Object in 1991, my major area of research and publication has been the history and theory of Surrealism, leading to a range of publications in books, academic journals and exhibition catalogues (for institutions such as Tate, V&A, Vitra Design Museum and Barbican Galleries). Recent areas of particular interest have included the relationships between Surrealism and design; Surrealism in Central and Eastern Europe; and Surrealism and photography.

Other public outcomes have included involvement in the curation of exhibitions, essays for artists, and more experimental critical writings for a range of independent journals and publications, as well as translation.

Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski is a member of the Pattern and Chaos group of collaborative, interactive and networking designers, artists, theorists and innovators in education, all of whom are based at Norwich University of the Arts.


  • 2023: ‘The Anxious Spiral’, in Sarah Horton and Victoria Michell, eds, Pattern and Chaos: Making and Meaning. Bristol: Intellect.
  • 2023: Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Rachel Fijalkowska, ‘Eva Švankmajerová: From the Interior’, International Journal of Surrealism, no. 1, autumn, 58-80.
  • 2022: ‘Limits not frontiers: surrealist resistance to nationalism, patriotism, and militarism’, in Kirsten Strom, ed., The Routledge Companion to Surrealism. New York : Routledge, 71-78.
  • 2022: ‘Une explosion lente: le Carnet de Paul Paon’, in Michel Scognamillo and Monique Yaari, eds., Paul Paon: Chimères. Paris: Galerie Métamorphoses, 102-03
  • 2021: ‘Surrealist Networks and the Films of Maya Deren’, in Kristoffer Noheden and Abigail Susik, eds., Surrealism and Film After 1945: Absolutely Modern Mysteries, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • 2021: ‘Princip Slasti, 1968’, in Stephanie D’Alessandro and Matthew Gale, eds, Surrealism Beyond Borders. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • 2021: ‘Fashion in the Formative Years of Parisian Surrealism: The Dress of Time, the Dress of Space’Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, vol. 12, no. 1.
  • 2021: ‘Beards: The Grain of the Face’, in Tangible Territory, no. 2, spring 2021.
  • 2020: ‘Secret Noise: Marcel Duchamp and the (un)sound object’, Journal of Sonic Studies, no. 20, autumn 2020.
  • 2020: ‘The Unsurpassable: Dada, Surrealism and the Situationist International’, in Alastair Hemmens and Gabriel Zacarias, eds., The Situationist International: A Critical Handbook. London:Pluto Press.
  • 2019: ‘Lyrical Forms, Divergent Functions: Between Surrealism and Design’, in Mateo Kries, ed., Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924–Today. Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum.
  • 2019: Dawn Ades, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Steven Harris, Michael Richardson and Georges Sebbag, eds. The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism. 3 volumes and digital platform. London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2017: ‘Complications and Attacks on the Beauty of Unity’: Le Corbusier and Louis Soutter’, Art History, vol. 40, no. 5
  • 2016: Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Michael Richardson, eds. (2016) Surrealism: Key Concepts. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.
  • 2016: ‘Dada and Surrealism in Eastern Europe’, in David Hopkins, ed. (2016) The Companion to Dada and Surrealism. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2015: (joint translator and editorial advisor) Dawn Ades and Michael Richardson with Krzysztof Fijalkowski, The Surrealism Reader: An Anthology of Ideas. London, Tate publishing
  • 2015: ‘Cubomania: Gherasim Luca and Non-Oedipal Collage’, Dada/Surrealism, 20 (2015), special issue From Dada to Infra-noir: Dada, Surrealism, and Romania.
  • 2014: ‘Gherasim Luca: Le désir désiré’, in Monique Yaari (ed), « Infra-noir », un et multiple: Un groupe surréaliste entre Bucarest et Paris, 1945-1947. Oxford: Peter Lang
  • 2013: ‘Poétique / politique: Picasso, Surrealism and Politics after 1944’, in Jonathan Harris and Richaerd Koeck, eds., Picasso and the Politics of Visual Representation: War and Peace in the Era of Cold War and Since. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  • 2013: With Michael Richardson and Ian Walker, Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • 2011: 8 catalogue texts, Christoph Grunenberg, ed. Magritte A-Z. Liverpool: Tate publishing.
  • 2010: The Incompletist: Notes on the Collection, text/multiple, Kaavous-Bhoyroo editions, commissioned for the exhibition A Skvader, Castle Museum Norwich
  • 2010: ‘Marcel Duchamp, Surrealist Exhibitions and the Restless Place’, in Jane Alison, ed., Surreal House. London and New Haven: Barbican Art Gallery/Yale University Press
  • 2008: translator and introduction, Gherasim Luca, The Passive Vampire. Twisted Spoon Press, Prague
  • 2008: ‘Néon’, Eye, no.68, summer 2008.
  • 2007: ‘Black Materialism: Surrealism Faces the Commercial World’, in Ghislaine Wood, ed., Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design. London: V&A Museum.
  • 2007: ‘The Encounter with the Real’, interview with John Stezaker and Lynda Morris, in Richard Flood et al., Collage: The Unmonumental Picture. New York: New Museum.
  • 2005: ‘Emila Medkova, the Magic of Despair’, Tate Papers, no.4 (autumn 2005).

Other Activities

  • Currently supervising 4 PhD students; 5 PhD students supervised to completion; 24 PhD examinations
  • Series co-editor, Bloomsbury Academic Transnational Surrealism series

See more work by Krzysztof on the Norwich University Research Repository.