Misal Adnan Yildiz is a curator, educator and researcher.
His current roles include those of director of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden/Germany, a post he has been sharing with Çağla Ilk since May 2020. He is the former director of Artspace Aotearoa in Auckland/New Zealand (2014–2017) and prior to this, he held the position of artistic director at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart/Germany (2011–2014).
Yıldız co-curated the main exhibition for the 6th Ural Industrial Biennial for Yekaterinburg city in Russia. He has been a PhD candidate on exhibition architecture at HFC Hamburg/Germany since 2019; and was a member of the working and advisory board of The New Center for Research & Practice in Seattle/USA (2020).
Yıldız completed the double major program in psychology and educational sciences at the Boğaziçi University, and later studied visual arts and visual communication design at the Sabanci University, both in Istanbul/Turkey. He participated in the traveling curatorial studies program at the Konstfack, Curatorlab in Stockholm/Sweden, and also completed the Independent Research program at Valand Art Academy.
His proposals were selected through open calls and were included in the programs of significant public institutions in Europe such as Montehermoso, HISK and Palais de Tokyo. He was included in the 2012 ICI Vision Award Shortlist and shared the 2013 Curate Award with two others. He has been invited as a collaborator, author and participant to Manifesta 7, 9th edition of SIART of La Paz, 10th, 13th and 15th Istanbul Biennial, Arco Madrid, Art Basel Conversations, March Meeting (Sharjah Biennial), summit Berlin, and many other international discussion and exhibition platforms.
Misal Adnan Yildiz has contributed to international periodicals such as ArtAsiaPacific (AAP) magazine, Metropolis M, Mousse, Paletten, Idea, art- ist, Bidoun, Politiken, Manifesta Online Journal, Res-Art and Arte East Quarterly, including periodicals like Art Unlimited, Radikal, Esmer, KaosGL, Bianet, and Milliyet Sanat in Turkish. He has given lectures and organized events in Auckland/New Zealand, Berlin/Germany, Brisbane/Australia, Bucharest/Romania, Cairo/Egypt, Copenhagen/Denmark, Istanbul/Turkey, London/UK, Melbourne/Australia, New York/USA, Oslo/Norway, Stockholm/Sweden, Taipei/Taiwan and Venice/Italy among other cities.