Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski

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.


  • 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

  • Ongoing: Research Degrees Committee
  • To 2011: Research Committee
  • 2007-2010: Academic Board
  • Currently supervising 3 PhD students; 5 PhD students supervised to completion; 19 PhD examinations.

See more work by Krzysztof on the NUA Research Repository.

photo of senior lecturer Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski standing with arms by side and looking at camera with grey short hair and a long sleeved black top


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