Gilbert Lupfer on the death of Martin Roth
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.