Tim Marlow leaves Royal Academy of Art to lead London’s Design Museum

Tim Marlow


Tim Marlow will step down as Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) to pursue a new role as Chief Executive and Director of London’s Design Museum. During his six years as Artistic Director at the RA, Marlow has overseen the Collections, Learning, Publishing and Architecture departments as well as programmed exhibitions such as Ai Weiwei (2015), Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (2016), Abstract Expressionism (2016), Dali/Duchamp (2017), Jasper Johns (2017), Oceania (2018), Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings (2018) and Antony Gormley (2019). He has also worked on the annual Festival of Ideas and Architecture Awards Week. After leaving his role at the RA in December 2019, Marlow will assume his position at the Design Museum in January 2020.

In a press statement, Marlow said: ‘The Royal Academy is a wonderful institution and the last six years have been inspiring and immensely enjoyable. 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.’ He leaves the RA on good terms, with Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy, and Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy, wishing him well in his new role.


7 October 2019