Magdalena Ziółkowska holds a PhD in Art History, is a curator and graduate of the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw, School for Social Research in Warsaw, and Curatorial Training Programme (de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, 2006/07). She worked as guest curator in Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2006–2010) and curator in Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (2008–2014) where she initiated and curated a number of projects and publications, among them international platform for researching Central- and Eastern European practices Art Always Has Its Consequences (2008–10), Working Title: Archive (2008–09), individual show by Sanja Iveković. Practice Makes the Master (2009), Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit (co-curator, 2011), Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations (co-curator, 2013–14).
In 2012 she co-founded Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation (www.andrzejwroblewski.pl)– a NGO devoted to develop and popularise the knowledge about life and work of one of the most inspiring and remarkable post-war Polish artist. Beyond the solo show Andrzej Wróblewski. Constantly Looking Ahead (National Museum, Krakow 2012–13), the Foundation co-published with Adam Mickiewicz Institute a bilingual monography Avoiding Intermediary States. Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957), worldwide distributed by Hatje Cantz.
Since 2015 she is a director of Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Krakow where she co-curated “All Mounds Can Be Seen from My Window” (2015), “Aurélien Froment / Krzysztof Pijarski. Moiré” (2015), “Prabhakar Pachpute & Rupali Patil. Harbingers of Chaos” (2016). Currently she is working on international conference “Exhibition as a medium of history” (31.03–1.04.2017) and upcoming solo exhibition of Ines Doujak (September 2017).
Her research and writing focus on history of exhibitions and display, artists’ writing and post-war museology.