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Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski

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.


  • 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 ir.uiowa.edu/dadasur/vol20/iss1/12
  • 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, http://www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/tatepapers/05autumn/fijalkowski.htm

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.

– Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Book cover: Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia

– Surrealism Key Concepts

Book cover: A Companion to Dada and Surrealism

– A Companion to Dada and Surrealism


– The Surrealism Reader: An Anthology of Ideas, London, Taste publishing

Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia

– Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia

Surreal Things

– Surreal Things

The Surreal House

– The Surreal House

The Passive Vampire

– The Passive Vampire