Foto 1: Hans Joachim Uthke
22. March 2024


In this exhibition, the author presents original works inspired by the aphorisms of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, the multi-faceted German thinker renowned for his contributions to physics, mathematics, geophysics, chemistry, meteorology, and aphorism.

Hans Joachim Uthke, from Hilden in North Rhine-Westphalia, is a familiar name in the Slovenian cultural scene. His active involvement in numerous DLUM art colonies and exhibitions has endeared him to the audience. Notably, last year, he showcased his pieces in Slovenia, employing a distinctive mixed media approach featuring watercolour, ink, and coloured pencil on paper, all based on his own aphorisms.

This time, Uthke turns his attention to the aphorisms of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), paying homage to the German polymath's diverse talents and intellectual legacy, particularly his notable annotations in The Waste Books. Lichtenberg's profound influence is underscored by the existence of the Lichtenberg Aphorist Society in Germany, dedicated to celebrating his literary expertise. Uthke's approach diverges from mere illustration; instead, he utilises Lichtenberg's aphorisms as a wellspring of inspiration for his own artistic motifs. His renderings evoke the stylised, archaic aesthetic of the late 19th century, reminiscent of popular publications from that era.

Curated by Mario Berdič Codella, the exhibition promises a captivating exploration of Uthke's interpretations of Lichtenberg's aphorisms.

On display until 1 June 2024.