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.

Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

The Vitra Design Museum is pleased to announce that the next muscon conference will be held in Lausanne.

muscon 2023 will take place from October 11 - 14, 2023 and will be hosted by mudac, Plateforme 10.

For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, please contact muscon(at)

You can revoke the agreement that the Vitra Design Museum may process and use the data you have provided for the purpose of sending you e-mail newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button inside the newsletter, by sending written notice to Vitra Design Stiftung gGmbH, Charles-Eames-Str. 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Deutschland, or to As soon as you revoke such agreement, the data you provided will be deleted and no longer will be used to send you the newsletter.

We collect, process or use personal data only within the scope of data protection regulations. For details, please refer to our Privacy Policy, which you can access at or request from us at any time.

Past Conferences

Past Conferences



2021   muscon Virtual
2020   muscon Virtual


2022   Triennale Milano, IT
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 The 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 Zürich, CH
2005    Triennale Milano, 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