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Gudrun Bühl

Curator and Museum Director

Gudrun Bühl oversees all operations of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum, which includes Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and House Collections, and directs exhibition development and related programs. Since joining Dumbarton Oaks in 2004, Bühl has been responsible for the overall redesign and reinstallation of the museum galleries. She has introduced a collaborative approach to the exhibition development process, in which all members of the Museum team take part, and has launched an ongoing series of experimental and experiential special exhibitions.

Prior to joining Dumbarton Oaks, Bühl was assistant curator at the Bode Museum and lectured on Byzantine art at the University of Göttingen and the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her PhD in art history from Freiburg University and published her first book on personifications of cities, Constantinopolis und Roma: Stadtpersonifikationen der Spätantike (Akanthus, 1995). 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 Dumbarton Oaks Museum, she edited the volume Dumbarton Oaks: The Collections (Dumbarton Oaks, 2005), introducing selected artworks to a broader public.

Exhibitions curated and cocurated by Bühl at Dumbarton Oaks include Radiance: Lighting in Byzantium (2009); Scattered Evidence: Excavating Antioch-on-the-Orontes (2010); Cross References (2011); Crossing Lalibela (2011); 50 Years of Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks (2013); 75 Years / 75 Objects (2015–2016); Ancient Bronzes (2016–2017); and Outside/IN: Martha Jackson Jarvis at Dumbarton Oaks (2018).

Bühl is currently supervising a digital catalogue research project to publish the Byzantine Collection’s textile holdings and is working on a loan exhibition devoted to Byzantine and early Islamic textiles and the concepts of premodern “interior design.”