At the core of his work, which Carsten Höller has presented hitherto at the Tate Modern, London, at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, and in the Guggenheim Museum, New York, amongst others, is the perpetual question of the conventions that govern the way we lead our lives and whether indeed it is possible to imagine things in a fundamentally different way. In developing the FLYING CITY TABLEWARE (2010) for the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, Carsten Höller has devised an edition that takes up this theme in a new way.
He developed his edition in keeping with the specific historical and cultural context of NYMPHENBURG, the porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian royal court. As the first contemporary artist in the NYMPHENBURG EDITIONS series, Höller had recourse to both the tradition of the veduta painting and the ideas of the avant-garde, which placed art radically in the service of life and living to emphasise the design aspects of fine art. The installation presentation refers directly to the historical apparatuses of porcelain manufacture which are still driven by hydropower. Even today, in this manufactory, all chinaware is produced by hand using techniques that have been preserved and passed down from generation to generation for the last 60 years. The outstanding design quality and style of NYMPHENBURG porcelain is due, then as now, to a close collaboration with the most renowned artists, designers, and architects of the day.