Dieter Roth

  • Born 1930 in Hanover, Germany
  • Died 1998 in Basel, Switzerland

Dieter Roth was an exceptionally versatile artist, working in drawing, painting, printmaking sculpture, assemblage, installation, and artist books. He was also a musician, poet, and author. Four years after moving to Zurich in 1943, he apprenticed in graphic design under Friedrich Wüthrich (1905 –1980) in Bern, and later designed textiles in Copenhagen, from 1955 to 1957. After moving to Reykjavik, he married Sigri∂ur Björnsdóttir. Throughout his life Roth constantly changed his location, with Reykjavik and Basel being his primarily bases of activity. Roth produced art works in almost any medium, often using everyday materials,” including food and other perishables. Among his lifelong artistic concerns were books, prints, and multiples. Roth briefly held a number of teaching positions at art schools in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 1982 he represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale.

Artworks by Dieter Roth in the exhibition