Franciska Zólyom was born in Budapest. She studied art history in Cologne and Paris and worked as a curator at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest (1997-99). After an internship at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2001 and 2003/04) she became the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art - Dunaújváros, Hungary (2006-09). There she worked together with international artists on site- and context-related projects, initiating and fostering artistic research on local history and on the spatialization of ideologies.
Since 2012 she is the director of GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig where she presented the work by LITTLE WARSAW, Dainius Liskevicius and initiated collaborations with Céline Condorelli, Urs Lehni and myvillages.org, among others. As part of her cultural policy work she is member of the University Council of the Bauhaus University Weimar and of the Cultural Senate of Saxony. She is board member of tranzit.hu.