Tim Marlow is stepping down as Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts having been appointed
Chief Executive and Director of London’s Design Museum.
Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy 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.”
Marlow joined the Royal Academy as Artistic Director in 2014 and over the past six years has been
responsible for an extremely successful exhibition programme that has attracted both critical acclaim
and new audiences to the Royal Academy. Outstanding exhibitions include: Ai Weiwei (2015), Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (2016), Abstract Expressionism (2016), Dali/Duchamp (2017), Jasper Johns (2017), Charles I: King and Collector (2018), Oceania (2018), Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings (2018) and Antony Gormley (2019). Marlow has also been responsible for overseeing the Collections, Learning, Publishing and Architecture teams as well as introducing the annual Festival of Ideas and Architecture Awards Week. Marlow will leave the Royal Academy in December 2019 and begin his new role at the Design Museum in January 2020.
Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy said:
“Tim has made a wonderful contribution to the RA. 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