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 international exchange of travelling exhibitions and other collaborative initiatives among museum professionals and decision makers. Outside of Europe muscon is also regularly held in the United States and Asia-Pacific. The muscon network has brought together several hundred institutions and contributed significantly to further a productive exchange of travelling exhibitions in the international museum landscape.
In a very collegial and cooperative atmosphere museum directors, head curators, and exhibition planners may share their expertise, strategize on new topics and establish new contacts. 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. The general format of each muscon consists of brief presentations by participants on current or upcoming travelling exhibitions. Additionally, the program includes more informal gatherings, such as hosted dinners, local trips and site visits.
To date, partners who have hosted muscon include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum London, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Triennale Milano, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Design Miami/ and The Wolfsonian—FIU, and many others.
muscon Lausanne 2023
The next muscon in Europe will take place from
11–14 October 2023 and will be hosted by mudac, Plateforme 10.
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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,
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,
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
2023 Goethe-Institut, Museum of Arts and Design,
New York, USA
2008 – 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