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 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.

Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

muscon London 2024
The next muscon in Europe will take place from
16–19 October 2024 and will be hosted by Barbican, the Design Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. 

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Past Conferences

Past Conferences



2021   muscon Virtual
2020   muscon Virtual


2023   Plateforme 10, Lausanne, CH
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


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