Zdenka Badovinac has served as Director of the Moderna galerija and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana since 1993. She has curated numerous exhibitions presenting both Slovenian and international artists and initiated the first collection of Eastern European art: Moderna galerija's Arteast 2000+ Collection.
Her interest in redefining history and different avant-garde traditions began with the exhibition Body and the East – From the 1960s to the Present, Moderna galerija, 1998. She was the Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale (1993–1997, 2005, 2017) and Austrian Commissioner at the São Paulo Biennial (2002). From 2011 to 2013, Badovinac was President of CIMAM.
Her recent projects are: Grammar of Freedom / 5 Lessons: Works from Arteast 2000+ Collection, with Snejana Krasteva and Bojana Piškur, at the Garage Museum, Moscow (2015); NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia at Moderna galerija, Ljubljana (2015); Low-Budget Utopias, with Bojana Piškur, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana (2016); NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016) and at the Museo Reina Sofía Madrid (2017).