Martin Roth

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Martin Roth during his speech at the opening of the 5th KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen in Hanover in June 2014

Martin Roth (born January 16, 1955 in Stuttgart ; † August 6, 2017 in Berlin ) was a German museum director , cultural scientist and cultural manager . From 1995 to 2003 he was President of the German Museum Association . From 1991 to 2001 he was director of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden , 2001 to 2011 general director of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and from 2011 to 2016 director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London .

life and career

Roth studied empirical cultural studies at the University of Tübingen . In 1984 he graduated with a master's thesis on the history of museums of cultural history under National Socialism. 1987 Roth was in Tübingen with a dissertation on the history of cultural and historical museum doctorate .

After research stays at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and at the German Historical Institute in Paris , Roth began as a research assistant at the German Historical Museum in Berlin in 1989 . In 1991 he became director of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden . In 2000 he worked for the Expo 2000 in Hanover . From 1995 to 2003, Roth was also President of the German Museum Association .

From 2001 to 2011 he was general director of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and since 2003 honorary professor for cultural policy and cultural management at the Technical University of Dresden .

From September 1, 2011 to 2016, he was director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London . On September 4, 2016, it was announced that Roth would end his duties as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum as soon as possible. It was explained that the parting would apparently take place without a direct change to a more attractive professional position. Roth justified his departure with Brexit , which he sees as a personal defeat. He said that the nationalist and anti-European currents required a stronger and more immediate engagement. It is time to show your colors.

Martin Roth was unanimously elected as its new honorary president by the Presidium of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) in its meeting on June 21, 2016 and took office on July 1, 2017. Roth was committed to the Open Society initiative.


Roth last lived in Berlin and was the father of three children. He died in August 2017 after a short serious illness with his family at the age of 62 in Berlin.


In 2008 Roth was made a knight in the French Order of the Arts et des Lettres . In 2010 he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Dannebrog Order. In 2017 he was made an honorary senator of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen .

Publications (selection)

  • Cultural history museums and national political education , master's thesis, University of Tübingen [1987], OCLC 839889184 , 201 pages.
  • Local history museum 1918 - 1945; a German institution in the change of political systems , Tübingen 1987, OCLC 917998791 (dissertation University of Tübingen 1987, 445 pages, illustrated).
  • Local museum. On the history of a German institution (= Berlin writings on museum studies , Volume 7). Mann, Berlin 1990, ISBN 3-7861-1547-8 .
  • with Gottfried Korff (ed.): The historical museum: Laboratory, Schaubühne, Identity Factory. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 978-3-593-34349-5 .
  • with Beate Elsen-Schwedler: water clouds wind. Exhibition catalog, Swiridoff, Schwäbisch Hall 2016, ISBN 978-3-89929-338-8 .
  • In the whole world. One hundred years of Odol (publisher for the German Hygiene Museum). Lingner + Fischer GmbH, Bühl / Baden 1993, ISBN 978-3-89322-550-7 .
  • posthumously : objections! A family discusses populism, values ​​and political engagement. Verlag der Evangelische Gesellschaft Stuttgart, Stuttgart 2017, ISBN 978-3-945369-45-6 .

Web links

Commons : Martin Roth  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. On the death of Martin Roth , article online at, accessed on August 6, 2017
  2. ^ Christoph Meyer: Culture manager Martin Roth has died., August 6, 2017, accessed on August 7, 2017 .
  3. Heimatmuseum: a German institution in the change of political systems . Author: Roth, Martin, 1955–2017. Published: 1987. Extent: 446 S. University thesis: Tübingen, Univ., Diss., 1987.
  4. Dresden museum director Roth goes to London. (No longer available online.) Berliner Zeitung, April 21, 2011, formerly in the original ; Retrieved April 22, 2011 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  6. ^ Head of the Victoria and Albert Museum Roth leaves Brexit country , Tagesschau from September 4, 2016
  7. His very own Brexit on September 7, 2016:
  8. ifs Institute for Foreign Relations from June 21, 2016: Prof. Dr. Martin Roth becomes President of the Institute for Foreign Relations , NN in 2017 ( Memento of the original from August 7, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed September 4, 2016  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. ^ After a serious illness: cultural manager Martin Roth is dead., August 7, 2017, accessed on August 8, 2017 .
  10. ^ Head of the art collection, Roth, named French Knight of Honor. The Berlin literary criticism, May 27, 2008, accessed on July 31, 2010 .