Marlow to leave RA to head Design Museum

Tim Marlow, artistic director of the Royal Academy, is to leave after six years to become director of the Design Museum.

Marlow, the first to hold the post following the departure of exhibitions secretary Sir Norman Rosenthal, was appointed in 2014 and was responsible for some of the most critically successful exhibitions of recent times, including Ai Weiwei (2015), Abstract Expressionism (2016), Dali/Duchamp (2017), Jasper Johns (2017), Charles I: King and Collector (2018) and the current Antony Gormley.

He will be the second senior departure from the RA in December, along with the President, Christopher Le Brun, who announced he was standing down last week.

“Tim has made a wonderful contribution to the RA” Le Brun said. “As an artist-led institution, I have very much appreciated his natural rapport with artists and architects and his ability to communicate that enthusiasm. I’ve known Tim for many years and I wish him well in the next step of his career knowing that his time at the RA has been such a success.”

Prior to joining the RA Marlow, a television presenter and broadcaster a well as a curator, was exhibitions director of the White Cube for 11 years. He will replace the Design Museum’s co-director Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black who will leave in January.

“The Royal Academy is a wonderful institution and the last six years have been inspiring and immensely enjoyable” he said. “It has world class artists and architects at its heart and equally it has world class staff who I will miss working alongside. But when the opportunity of becoming the chief executive and director of the Design Museum arose, it was a challenge I have found impossible to resist.”




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