Museum Network Conferences

Museum Network Conferences

Since 1996, the Vitra Design Museum has organized the muscon conferences in cooperation with annually changing hosts. The aim of these conferences is to provide a professional platform for international networking and to especially promote the exchange of travelling exhibitions. 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 an annual conference in Europe, there is also an annual muscon in the United States (since 2007) as well as occasionally in Asia-Pacific (since 2008). The muscon network has brought together more than 200 institutions and contributed significantly to productive exchange of travelling exhibitions among leading international museums. In a very collegial and cooperative atmosphere museum directors, head curators and exhibition planners may present their institutions and share their expertise, as well as strategize on new topics and establish new contacts. Each muscon also includes an informal accompanying program of regional trips to further facilitate networking among colleagues and provide local context. To date, partners who have hosted muscon include the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Design Museum London, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Design Miami/ and The Wolfsonian-FIU and many others.

muscon 2009, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek
muscon 2012, Hong Kong
muscon 2016, © MAK/Mona Heiß
muscon 2007, Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans

Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

Due to the current worldwide pandemic, we must postpone both our muscon conferences, originally planned for 2020 in New York and Milan, and remain hopeful that we will be able to schedule alternative dates for these conferences to be held in 2021.

In light of this situation, we are excited to announce that our 24th annual muscon networking conference is going virtual!
muscon Virtual 2020 will be held on 15th October 2020.

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Past Conferences

Past Conferences


2019    Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, CH
2018    Z33 - House for Contemporary Art and C-mine design
           centre, Hasselt and Genk, BE
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, DE
2013    Atomium, CIVA – International Center for City,
           Architecture & Landscape, ­­­­­­­City of Brussels, BE
2012    National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO
2011    MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisbon, PT
2010    V&A and Design Museum, London, UK
2009    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DK
2008    Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Vigo, ES
2007    L’Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans Sartoux, FR
2006    Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, CH
2005    Triennale di Milano, Milan, IT
2004    Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, CZ
2003    Kunsthal, NAI, Museum Boijmans Rotterdam, NL
2002    Artium Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES
2001    Vitra Design Museum Berlin, DE
1999    The Design Museum, London, UK
1998    Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design, Kolding, DK
1997    Groninger Museum, Groningen, NL
1996    Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, DE


2008 –  
2018    Design Miami/, The Wolfsonian—FIU, Miami, USA
2007    Design Miami/, USA
2003    Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City, MX


2012    Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, HK
2011    Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TW
2009    Design Nippon Association, Tokyo, JP
2008    City of Seoul, KR
2006    Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, AU

muscon 2012, Hong Kong