Contemporary artists like Carsten Höller, Karen Kilimnik, Pae White, Olaf Nicolai and Wim Delvoye are invited by Nymphenburg to create single objects as works of art or strictly limited editions. These artists are able to look back on impressive international careers, as can the product and fashion designers chosen by Nymphenburg. In 2009, Carsten Höller, as the first contemporary creative artist, started things off with his “Flying City Tableware” collection, initiating an edition series which would be continued by artists like Joep van Lieshout, Tobias Rehberger, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2009, and Saadane Afif, winner of the Marcel Duchamp Award in 2009.
Their works of art, which are created solely by hand in the masters’ workshop of the Porcelain Manufactory, reflect the large variety of expression which exists in today’s contemporary art. In the framework of the design processes, a dialogue between the artist and the Manufactory emerges, creating space for experimentation and ensuring that the original ideas and concepts of the artists can be put perfectly into practice. For Nymphenburg this means opening up new perspectives, consistently advancing existing methods of manufacture, and shifting the limits of what’s possible.
The English artist and designer, Barnaby Barford, already started to specialise in the production and design of ceramics and porcelain during his studies in Faience and at the Royal College of Art in London.
His fascination with life, death, and science is a common theme running through Damien Hirst's work.
British photographer Nick Knight is known for pushing both technical and creative limits and setting new standards in the field of fashion photography.
In cooperation with the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, the British artist Don Brown has created a piece in porcelain for the first time.
Joep van Lieshout
Atelier Van Lieshout’s practice often overlaps “utopias“ and “dystopias“ whilst evolving around the function and aesthetics of sustainable, socially conscious designs by juxtaposing relationships between rationality and irrationality, the individual and society, or freedom and compulsion.
Saâdane Afif combines fine art with text, music and motion, transforming one art form into another in collaboration with other artists: His highly reflexive works are interdisciplinary.
Michael Tummings sees himself as a world citizen. Confronted from early on with concepts such as origin, nationality, and social belonging, the camera became his instrument for overcoming cultural barriers.
Olaf Nicolai, who counts as one of today’s leading German artists, works conceptually and breaks new ground in order to extract art from the classic forms of representation and marketing.
With subversive irony, Wim Delvoye questions standardized values in our consumer society.
The core of her work focuses on the interplay of romantic tradition and consumer culture, which gives her pieces a sense of beauty both striking and unique at the same time.
Michele Oka Doner
For more than four decades, American artist Michele Oka Doner has been producing artwork inspired by the fascinating forms of nature.
The core of his work 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.
As a commissioned project for Terence Koh (Snow White Installation, Julia Stoschek Collection), Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory has created a series of Chrysamthemums in 2008.
Under the title of "KALLIOPE" he developed an edition consisting of four different versions for the NYMPHENBURG PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY.
The notion of the “Lightbulb“ is a crucial, recurrent motif surrounding the overal oeuvre and conceptual approach of the artist.
Born in Pasadena in 1963, Pae White seeks inspiration for her work in the most eclectic sources of art history and pop culture.
Josef Hillerbrand designed a coffee and tea service for Nymphenburg which is a classic of the art deco period in Germany, to this day.
Adelbert Niemeyer countered the magnificence of the historicist and art nouveau styles with his simple and graceful designs.
In 1908, Josef Wackerle designed the large majolica garden figures and, in 1910, magnificent ornamental birds for the world exhibition in Brussels, which to this day adorn the botanical gardens in Nymphenburg.
Wolfgang von Wersin
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg owes some of its most important service designs to the architect and designer Wolfgang von Wersin.
Max Rossbach designed the MODERN shape for Nymphenburg – today known under the name of GINGKO. The service today is regarded as one of Nymphenburg's art nouveau icons.
Friedrich von Gärtner
The showpiece vase he designed to celebrate the king's 66th birthday, which was his first creation for Nymphenburg, was very successful for Gärtner.
Hermann Gradl worked for Nymphenburg from 1899 to 1905. In his first year with the company, Gradl created the extravagant BELLE EPOQUE fish service.
Eugen Napoleon Neureuther
Neureuther's designs in the historicist style cite gothic motifs and ornaments.
The most pioneering design by Dominikus Auliczek is the PEARL service. For the first time in the history of porcelain in Europe, a service was based on the shape of a dodecagon.
Franz Anton Bustelli
No one has had such an effect on the artistic direction of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg as Franz Anton Bustelli.
Franz Ignaz Günther
Franz Ignaz Günther, sculptor and representative of Bavarian rococo, was born in Altmannstein in 1725.
Franz Conrad Linck
Franz Conrad Linck was one of the most important sculptors at Nymphenburg,and, in particular, his magnificent porcelain lustre was a decisive factor in winning the support of Elector Carl Theodor.