Curator and Museum Director
Gudrun Bühl serves as the museum director and curator of the Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. Since joining Dumbarton Oaks in 2004, she has directed the re-installation of the galleries and launched an ongoing series of experimental and experiential special exhibitions. She was assistant curator at the Bode Museum and lectured on Byzantine Art at the University of Göttingen and the Freie Universität Berlin. Gudrun received her art history Ph.D. from Freiburg University and published her first book on personifications of cities, especially Roma and Constantinopolis. She has edited several volumes and published numerous articles and reviews in journals, focusing on Byzantine works of ivory. After a major redesign of the museum she has edited the volume “Dumbarton Oaks - The Collections” introducing selected artworks to a broader public. Gudrun is currently supervising an online scholarly catalogue research project to publish the Byzantine textile holding and is working on a loan exhibition devoted to Byzantine and early Islamic textiles and the concepts of pre-modern ‘interior design’.