The Museum of the Future

Chris Dercon & Martin Roth
Chris Dercon & Martin Roth | Photo: Süddeutsche Zeitung © Victoria and Albert Museum

Martin Roth (Victoria & Albert) and Chris Dercon (Tate Modern) discuss their experience of running museums in Germany, Holland, New York and London; what are museums for, who should fund them, have they any real function in a digital world? Hear two leading directors debate tradition versus innovation, continuity versus change. 

Chris Dercon

Belgian-born Chris Dercon became Director of Tate Modern in 2011… He had already held top jobs in Rotterdam, New York and - for nearly a decade – in Munich. He turned Munich’s Haus Der Kunst - the controversial museum built by Adolf Hitler - into a major exhibition space, attracting some of the world’s top living artists, performers, musicians, and architects. 

He has himself been a performance artist and is well-known for championing cutting-edge art and artists from across the world, especially from Africa, what he refers to as Afropolitanism. 

Chris Dercon is a leading international arts figure, both populist and intellectual, innovative and – as someone called him - ‘HIGH WATTAGE’.
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Martin Roth

Martin Roth became the Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in September 2011. 

He’s the V&A’s first foreign director since it’s founding in 1852 …and is the first German to head up any major British cultural organisation. 

Born in Stuttgart, Professor Roth spent most of his previous career running German museums, famously overseeing the complete modernisation of the Dresden State Art Collections after the end of the GDR and the damage of the Second World War. 

Today he’s at the helm of one of the most popular museums of art and design in the world, the V&A in the heart of London.
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