Art History


John Hoenig has studied Italian Renaissance art history at the British Institute of Florence, the University of Sydney and Art Gallery of NSW. In 2007, he worked as an intern in the Research Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London on the preparation for Cold War Modern.

In 2007, for the AILAE Symposium, he co-curated Imagined Australia, an exhibition at Palazzo Vaj in Prato, Italy which was also presented in 2008 at Maison des Sciences de L’Homme in Paris as Australie, Mythes et Realités.

In 2009 he was appointed an Alumni Ambassador for the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney. In this rôle, he was involved in organising Making Tracks, an Australian theatre design exhibition held in conjunction with the Costume Colloquium in Florence, November 2010 at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

John is based in Florence where he is undertaking independent research into the theatrical and architectural work of Bernardo Buontalenti (1531-1608) in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi and other museum libraries in Florence as well as in the V&A and the British Museum, London.

John regularly presents guest lectures at universities, conferences and festivals in Florence, London and Cesky Krumlov - and via videoconferencing to Sydney.

For the past six years, John has curated the exhibitions “Il Passato è Presente” as part of the the arts festival he founded for San Giovanni Battista in Florence.

John is co-writing a book about the life and career of his father, Laszlo Hoenig, a Hungarian architect, who practised as an interior and furniture designer in London from 1933 to 1971 and also plans to present an exhibition of his work.

John’s continuing education has recently been enhanced by a course of seminars in Arte e Cultura Russa at the Associazione Italia-Russia di Firenze. John was recently accepted by the Medici Archive Project for their intensive series of seminars in Paleography & Archival Studies.

All lectures are continually updated with ongoing research and contain many exclusive unpublished images and recorded music extracts - all are tailored for individual audiences and some are now presented with live music.

© John Hoenig 2010-2018