Dieter Roth Puzzle
Dieter Roth Puzzle

Dieter Roth Puzzle

In 1957, a young and unknown artist by the name of Dieter Roth boarded a ship to Iceland in the pursuit of love. After seven years in a small society unable to contain his talent, he left, leaving behind his life partner and four children to become one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.


Most of his working life after that was spent in Germany and Switzerland but Iceland remained a refuge, an inspiration, the home to his family and a second home to Dieter, whose legacy left a distinctive mark on the Icelandic and international art scenes. The director knew Dieter from early childhood and now embarks upon a journey to different parts of the world to gather pieces in his Dieter Roth Puzzle. What emerges is a colourful portrait of an exceptional person; one of the most singular and important artists of our time, as described by his family, many friends and colleagues.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • National Premiere Date: October 3, 2008
  • Length: 104 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Dieter Roth Puzzle
  • International Title: Dieter Roth Puzzle
  • Production Year: 2008
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: HDcam
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Color: Yes


Company Credits


  • Schaulager: Future Present, Basel, 2016
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2008 - Award: Nominated for Documentary of the Year.

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