Associate Professor Johannes Kuhnen is one of Australia's most well recognised silversmiths and has had a close relationship with the Australian National University School of Art for more than twenty years. Johannes' practice has remained at the forefront of innovation, in particular his pioneering use of anodised aluminum. A fascination with the colour options of the aluminium continue to provide inspiration for his work and have also inspired many others to explore such potential.
Johannes has exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas in both group and solo exhibitions. His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Museum Boymans-van-Beunigen, Rotterdam, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
2009 marked a major survey exhibition of Johannes Kuhnen's work spanning thirty years of silversmithing practice, an extensive publication accompanied the nationally touring exhibition.