Qatar Museums has revealed that Julia Gonnella will be the new director of the I. M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art. After receiving her Ph.D. in Islamic studies and social anthropology at Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Gonnella joined the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin in 1994 as the assistant to the chief curator. She became a curator at the museum in 2009 and was later appointed to her current position as director of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
Gonnella has done fieldwork on German excavations in Raqqa, Syria, and coordinated the Syrian-German excavations of Aleppo’s Islamic citadel. Her books include The Citadel of Aleppo (2007). She was a curatorial exchange fellow at the Met in 2013.
“I look forward to leading this unique institution into its second decade, building on its extraordinary achievements, and opening up new stories of the treasures of Islamic art,” said Gonnella.