Marrying art, design and craft, Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg of Munich has been producing the finest porcelain, pure of form and entirely handmade, since the mid- 18th century. Working with the expert John Veldkamp, guest curator of Pronkjewails, the Groninger Museum will showcase the house's magnificent creations in dialogue with pieces from its own collection.
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
This year marks the 275th anniversary of Munich’s Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. The company has won international fame for its fine porcelain, which is pure of form and entirely handmade. Porcelain is a refined, high-quality material, timeless and lasting yet simultaneously delicate and fragile.
Innovative, avant-garde art and design
The company’s reputation rests largely on the master modellers who have left their mark on the brand over the years. In addition, Nymphenburg has always been an innovator. Between its avant-garde business vision and its long tradition of craftsmanship, the factory has established a solid reputation in the art and design worlds. Nymphenburg continues to seek out interesting collaborations with today’s artists for the purpose of creating contemporary porcelain. It has partnered with the likes of the artist Damien Hirst, the photographer Nick Knight, and the prominent Dutch designers Hella Jongerius and Viktor & Rolf.
Over the centuries, Nymphenburg has successfully adapted to changing tastes in style and subject matter. In its focus on subjects including mythology, human beings, nature, and foreign cultures, it shares common ground with the Groninger Museum’s highly varied collection. Objects from the two collections will be presented side by side in the Starck Pavilion. Thus, their historical and visual links are further explored in an unexpected way.