Dieter ROTH 1930-1998

The Swiss artist Dieter Roth was a prolific draughtsman, painter, writer, and sculptor. 


Roth began his career in the commercial art world in the early 1950s, but his exposure to the work of Paul Klee dramatically altered the course of his career trajectory. He tested the waters of every -ism and movement; jumping from international modernism, to constructivism, to concrete art, to fluxus, to installations, and pop art.


His later works from the 1980s and 1990s were often collaborations with his son Björn, as well as other artists. These later works, which appear as haphazard assemblages or installations, are actually carefully choreographed and constructed to create a narrative of memory.


Roth represented Switzerland at the 1982 Venice Biennale and is represented in many major collections including the Hamburger Bahnhof and Tate Collection.