Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Krzysztof is Professor of Visual Culture teaching across both BA Fine Art and MA Fine Art.

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 academic journals and exhibition catalogues (for the V&A and Barbican Galleries) as well as monographs.

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, the writing of artists’ catalogue texts and more experimental critical writings for a range of independent journals and publications. I am also currently on the editorial board for a major International Encyclopaedia of Surrealism.

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.


  • 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. 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: PeterLang
  • 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, pp. 51-68.
  • 2013: With Michael Richardson and Ian Walker, Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days, Ashgate studies in Surrealism, Ashgate, Farnham
  • 2012: Encyclopedia entries on design classics in The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design, London, Phaidon: entries on John Heartfield AIZ, Karel Teige Zlom, View magazine; Beck The Information
  • 2012: 3 short texts contributed to exhibition catalogue A Thing is a Thing is a Thing a Thing, Minories Gallery, Colchester May 2012
  • 2011: 8 short catalogue texts, Christoph Grunenberg, ed. Magritte A-Z, Tate publishing, reprinted as Magritte: A bis Z, Albertina, Vienna 2011
  • 2010 – 2011: 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 (exhibition catalogue), Barbican Art Gallery/Yale University Press
  • 2009: ‘Norwich Garden City, or Sir Thomas Browne and the Shapes of the World’, text for performance / exhibition project The Garden of Cyrus, Norwich July 2009
  • 2008: translator and introduction, Gherasim Luca, The Passive Vampire, Twisted Spoon Press, Prague
  • 2008: ‘Néon’, Eye, no.68, summer 2008, 30-32
  • 2007: ‘Black Materialism: Surrealism Faces the Commercial World’, in Ghislaine Wood, ed., Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design (exhibition catalogue), V&A Museum, London
  • 2006: ‘The Encounter with the Real’, interview with John Stezaker, Norwich Gallery dispatch 123, April 2006; reprinted in Richard Flood et al., Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum, New York 2007
  • 2005: ‘Emila Medkova, the Magic of Despair’, Tate Papers, online source

Other Activities

  • Ongoing: Research Degrees Committee
  • To 2011: Research Committee
  • 2007-2010: Academic Board
  • Currently supervising 3 PhD students; 4 PhD students supervised to completion; 13 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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