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The Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, manufacturer of Nymphenburg porcelain, is situated next to the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, capital of Bavaria, and since the mid-eighteenth century has been manufacturing porcelain of high artistic value.
In Nymphenburg, handmade porcelain objects and works of art are manufactured according to the concepts of contemporary designers and artists who count among some of the most widely-renowned creators of art worldwide. Well-known designers like Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar, fashion designers like Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Gareth Pugh, and artists like Carsten Höller, Olaf Nicolai and Wim Delvoye focus intensely on the historical and cultural context of Nymphenburg and express their outstanding artistic visions in the highest quality porcelain. The character-shaping creative relevance of the work owes to the close collaboration between the artists and the masters’ workshops of Nymphenburg. In this last pure manufactory in the world, each of the porcelain parts is still worked by hand with techniques being applied which have been passed down from generation to generation and held onto since 1747.
The history of Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg is inseparably associated with the Wittelsbach family. During the tenure of the Bavarian Elector Max III. Joseph, the first manufactory with potters' and modelling shops, painting and writing rooms was opened in the "Grüne Schlössl" in Neudeck on 11 November 1747.
Since its founding 260 years ago, Porzellan Manufaktur In the framework of the design processes, a dialogue between the artist and manufactory emerges, creating space for experimentation and ensuring that the original ideas and concepts of the artists can be perfectly put into practice. For Nymphenburg this means opening up new perspectives, consistently advancing existing methods of manufacture, and shifting the limits of what’s possible.
As an institution of creative force with a history spanning more than 266 years, Nymphenburg aims to consistently face up to the challenges of the 21st century and create outstanding designer objects and works of art with timeless values.
Nymphenburg has counted the international high aristocracy as well as embassies, churches and palaces in Germany and other countries among its customers. Its products have received many prizes and may be admired in the world's major design collections, e.g. the MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Fondation Nationale in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and the Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.