„Perhaps, even today, we do not deal with art. We might have overlooked the moment when it transformed itself into something else, something which we cannot yet name. It is certain, however, that what we deal with offers greater possibilities“– wrote Jerzy Ludwiński in his essay Art in the Post-Artistic Era in 1970. This quite provocative sentence dated for more than 40 years ago, I would like to read as a futuristic harbinger for various models of art institutions that have been declaring their involvement in important present-day issues. Looking for the exhibiting strategies and practices of Jerzy Ludwiński (1930–2000) introduced in his theoretical concepts of Museum of Current Art (1966), Gallery of the Mona Lisa (since 1967) and Centre for Artistic Research (1970), I would like to draw trajectories between the historical reforms and formats that existed within the institutional field from late 1960s when artists started to use new materials, technologies and reshaped the meaning of the artwork, and Ludwiński’s interest for calling for new categories and notions based on the continuous artistic process, also including movements and activities from beyond the immediate field of art.
Magdalena Ziółkowska holds a PhD in art history, graduate of the Curatorial Training Programme at de appel arts centre in Amsterdam (2006–07). From 2006 to 2010, she was a guest curator at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, where she curated: Notes From the Future of Art: Selected Writings of Jerzy Ludwiński (2007) and Andrzej Wróblewski: To the Margins and Back (2010). She worked at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź from 2008 to 2014, where she organised projects including Art Always Has Its Consequences (2008–10), Working Title: Archive (2008–2009), Sanja Iveković: Practice Makes the Master (2009), Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit (co-curator, 2011), and Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin: Incidents, Events, Circumstances, Accidents, Situations (co-curator, 2013–14) among others. Since 2012, she has been a co-founder and vice president of the Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation. She co-curated Andrzej Wróblewski: Constantly Looking Ahead (National Museum, Krakow, 2012–13) and co-wrote of artist’s monograph, Avoiding Intermediary States: Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957) (2014). In 2015–18, she was director of the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Krakow, where she curated Ines Doujak: Masterless Voices (2017), among other projects.
Her most recent projects include the exhibition Andrzej Wróblewski. Waiting Room at the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana (15.10.2020 – 10.01.2021) accompanied with a publication. She is also z contributor to Artforum magazine, and currently appointed a chief of the Textile Art Department at the Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz.