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The Iconic Houses Network is proud to announce its first European symposium that will be organised together with The Finnish Institute in London and held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

What is the way forward for modern house museums all around the world? How to communicate their importance to the public?

To start the discussion five cases will be explored, including Melnikov House, Villa Tugendhat, Schindler House and Fallingwater. How to build audiences? How to make sure that iconic houses, as an extremely valuable part of our built heritage, will be professionally cared for and passed on intact to future generations? Come and join us!

Victoria & Albert Museum London, November 12


10.00-10.30 Registration


  • Natascha Drabbe, chair and founder of the Iconic Houses Network, director of the Van Schijndel House, Utrecht: Opening words
  • Susanna Pettersson, director of the Finnish Institute in London, co-founder of the Iconic Houses Network: Modern houses as sites of excitement, joy and fear, introduction to the themes
  • Clem Cecil, director of Save Britain’s Heritage, London: The Melnikov House: the struggle to save an international icon
  • Iveta Černá, director of Villa Tugendhat, Brno: Beyond the glass room: re-restoring of Villa Tugendhat in Brno
  • Werner Möller, researcher and curator, Bauhaus Dessau: Clarity and fuzziness – or the ambiguity of rebuilding the Bauhaus Masters’ House

13.00-14.00 Lunch


  • Lynda Waggoner, director of the Fallingwater, Mill Run: God is in the details: managing the museum experience
  • Kimberli Meyer, director of the Schindler House, Los Angeles: Reconsidering the Schindler House
  • James Putnam, curator, London: Modern house museums as sites of contemporary art interventions
  • Panel discussion about the modern house museums chaired by Kieran Long, senior curator, Victoria & Albert Museum. The panellists include Tommi Lindh, director Alvar Aalto Foundation / Alvar Aalto Museum, Helsinki and Marga Viza, director culture at La Pedrera, Barcelona among others.
  • Natascha Drabbe and Susanna Pettersson: Closure

Date: Tuesday 12 November 2013, 10:30am-5pm
Venue: Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Center, Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London
Admission is free, but please note seats are limited and booking is essential.
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