We are extremely saddened to hear that Dr. Martin Roth has died. Martin will be remembered as a man of prodigious energy; a Director with a global reputation both within the museum world and beyond; a committed Europhile and cultural ambassador with a philosophical turn of mind, as well as a devoted husband and father.
As Director of the V&A for just over five years, Martin made it his mission to raise the international profile of the Museum, and under his leadership, the V&A was named 2016 Art Fund Museum of the Year. Martin was the impetus behind initiatives such as the V&A's presence at the Venice Biennale. He was instrumental in the founding of the V&A Research Institute, and was closely involved in the expansion of the Museum’s footprint to Dundee and Shekou, as well as recent openings of the European Galleries 1600-1815 and the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. This, combined with exhibitions such as David Bowie Is, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Disobedient Objects and Engineering the World: Ove Arup, raised the V&A to new heights.
We will greatly miss Martin, and are profoundly grateful for his considerable contribution to the V&A.
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