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Gilbert Lupfer on the death of Martin Roth

Date 2017.08.07

Mar­tin Roth, the for­mer di­rec­tor of Lon­don’s Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­se­um, has died at the age of 62. He was one of the most promi­nent mu­se­um di­rec­tors of re­cent decades and made a name for him­self as a cul­tur­al man­ag­er of in­ter­na­tion­al stand­ing.
“It is with great sad­ness that I learned of the death of Mar­tin Roth. Par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing his time as Di­rec­tor Gen­er­al of the Dres­den State Art Col­lec­tions, he did a great deal for prove­nance re­search and was es­pe­cial­ly com­mit­ted to the ex­change of knowl­edge and trans­paren­cy in this field,” said Gilbert Lupfer, aca­dem­ic di­rec­tor of the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion. “With his pass­ing, we have lost one of the great­est mu­se­um di­rec­tors of our time,” con­tin­ued Lupfer.

Mar­tin Roth be­came the di­rec­tor of the Ger­man Hy­giene Mu­se­um in Dres­den in 1991. From 2001 to 2011, he was Di­rec­tor Gen­er­al of the Dres­den State Art Col­lec­tions, and al­so held the post of pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Mu­se­ums As­so­ci­a­tion from 1995 to 2003. He then be­came the di­rec­tor of the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­se­um, where he re­mained un­til 2016.

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