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.
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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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
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