Çağla İlk and Misal Adnan Yıldız are the new directors of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
The new directors will present an artistically and at the same time politically relevant programme at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. They aim to develop innovative and transformative approaches for the exhibitions and focus on presenting diversity.
Çağla İlk (43) works at the interface of architecture, visual arts and performance. She studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the Mimar Sinan University Istanbul and until recently worked as a dramaturg and curator at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. There, she was responsible for cross-disciplinary projects and festivals that combined the performing and visual arts – often in a transcultural context. Çağla İlk has curated numerous exhibitions, including several editions of the “Berliner Herbstsalon”. Most recently, she curated the exhibition “This might be a place for humming birds” at the Galerie am Körner Park in Berlin and at the Whitebox Gallery in Munich. From 2008 to 2012, she worked on various productions as producer, director and dramaturg at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, where she helped establish postmigrant theatre.
As a researcher she worked on the research project “Baukultur in der multiethnischen Stadt” at the Universität Siegen. She was a member of the presidium of the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (nGbK), a member of the Berlin Council for the Arts, and served on numerous juries for cultural promotion.
Misal Adnan Yıldız (40) studied psychology and education at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and later completed his master’s degree in visual arts and image theory at Sabancı University. From 2006 to 2008, he completed the Curatorial Studies Programme Curatorlab/Konstfack, was a fellow of the Swedish Institute and worked with the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists. In 2010, Misal Adnan Yıldız worked as a research curator for the Independent Study Programme at the Valand Academy of Arts in Gothenburg/Sweden. He is currently a member of the board of the New Centre for Research & Practice and teaches curatorial methods there. Yıldız is the former director of Artspace Aotearoa in Auckland/New Zealand (November 2014 – June 2017) and was previously artistic director at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2011-2014). His exhibition projects such as “Time Challenger” for HISK, Ghent, “There is no audience” for Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, “Correct me if I’m critical” as a multi-venue project in Berlin for the Swedish Embassy, “A History of Inspiration” for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris as part of “Nouvelles vagues” (New Waves) and the multi-location project “Mutterzunge” in Berlin were awarded in the context of calls for proposals.
The selection was made by a five-member selection committee chaired by State Secretary Petra Olschowski. Other members were Ministerialrätin Jutta Ulmer-Straub, Ministry of Science, Research and Art, Dr. Nina Zimmer, Director of the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee, Dr. Sven Beckstette, Curator at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart Berlin, and Agnese Zanin for the political representation of disabled persons.
İlk and Yıldız succeed Johan Holten, who took over the direction of the Kunsthalle Mannheim last September.
A warm welcome to our new directors from the team of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden!