Museum Network Conferences

Museum Network Conferences

Since 1996, the Vitra Design Museum has organized the international MUSCON conference in cooperation with annually changing local hosts. The aim of this conference is to promote the exchange of travelling exhibitions and other projects between European, American and Asian museums. MUSCON primarily focuses on institutions in the area of design and architecture, but is also open to museums in the fields of fine art, cultural history, science and other disciplines.
In addition to a yearly conference for European museums, there is an annual American MUSCON (since 2007) as well as an Asian MUSCON (since 2008). The MUSCON network has brought together more than 200 institutions and contributed significantly to an intensified exchange of travelling exhibitions among leading international museums. The basic format of each MUSCON consists of 10 to 20 minute presentations by each participant on current or upcoming travelling exhibitions. In addition, MUSCON conferences cover a selected in-depth theme along with keynote speeches and a panel discussion. Each MUSCON also includes an informal accompanying programme, which facilitates networking and inspiration among colleagues and professionals.
To date, MUSCON hosting partners have included the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Design Museum London, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Powerhouse Museum Sydney and many others.


Upcoming conferences

American MUSCON 2017

The American MUSCON 2017 takes place at The Wolfsonian in Miami Beach in the week of Design Miami/ Art Basel Miami Beach. The date of the conference is 5 December 2017.

European MUSCON 2018

The European MUSCON 2018 takes place in Hasselt and Genk in Belgium and is hosted by Z33 House for Contemporary Art and C-Mine. The date of the conference is 19 – 22 September 2018.

For more information, please contact muscon(at)

Past conferences

Past conferences


2017    Ateneum Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art
            Kiasma / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, FI

2016    MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary
            Art, Vienna, AT
2015    Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, ES
2014    Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, D
2013    Atomium, CIVA – International Center for City,
            Architecture & Landscape, ­­­­­­­City of Brussels, BE
2012    DogA, Norsk Form, National Museum of Art, Architecture
            and Design, Oslo, NO
2011    MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisbon, P
2010    V&A and Design Museum, London, GB
2009    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, D
2008    Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Vigo, E
2007    L’Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans Sartoux, F
2006    Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, CH
2005    Triennale di Milano, Milan, I
2004    Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, CZ
2003    Kunsthal, NAI, Museum Boijmans Rotterdam, NL
2002    Museo Artium Vitoria, E
2001    Vitra Design Museum Berlin, D
1999    Design Museum, London, GB
1998    Trapholt Museum, Kolding, DK
1997    Groninger Museum, Groningen, NL
1996    Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, D


2008 - 2016   Design Miami/, The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami, USA

2007    Design Miami, USA
2003    Museum Franz Mayer, Mexico City, MX


2012    Hong Kong Design Centre and LCSD, Hong Kong
2011    Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TW
2009    Design Nippon Association, Tokyo, J
2008    City of Seoul, KR
2006    Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, AUS