GALERIE KORNFELD presents Roberto Yañez: Metamorphosen
Reception for the Artist & Booklaunch:
Tue, 12 November 2013, 6-9 pm
12 November 2013 – 15 February 2014
Galerie Kornfeld Bureau, Fasanenstr. 28, 10719 Berlin
"Honeckers Enkel Roberto", Sun 10 November 2013, 8:15 pm, MDR (German television)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
from the 12th of November 2013 Galerie Kornfeld – along with the Suhrkamp publishing house and Zeitzeugen TV –
presents the German-Chilean artist Roberto Yañez.
Roberto Yañez is the grandson of Erich and Margot Honecker and son of their daughter Sonja. Roberto left Germany at
the age of sixteen, with the fall of the Wall on 9 November 1989 and the end of the GDR during the following months. His
grandfather was on the run, and his parents moved with their son to Chile, the homeland of his father. Today Roberto
Yañez lives as a painter and poet in Santiago de Chile, where he is a member of a group of surrealist artists. He now
returns to Germany for the first time in 23 years – for the occasion of three events:
On Sunday the 10th of November at 8:15 p.m. the documentary "Honeckers Enkel Roberto" by Thomas Grimm will have
its television premiere on MDR; the collection of poems "Frühlingsregen" will be published by the Insel-Bücherei; and
the Bureau of Galerie Kornfeld, Fasanenstraße 28, in Berlin-Charlottenburg will show an exhibition of his paintings for
the first time in Germany.
For the opening of our exhibition "Metamorphosen" on the 12th of November 2013 Roberto Yañez will read from his
poetry collection "Frühlingsregen", which will be presented to the public on the evening. In his texts, the artist describes
an awakening, which at the same time is a return to himself. In this transformation and return to the original state,
dream takes on a crucial importance, because it shapes the consciousness and thus also exerts a direct influence on
These ideas can also be found in the paintings of Roberto Yañez, which combine surreal and dreamlike imagery with
elements of cubism, giving rise to glowing, magical illusions. Idyllic landscapes stand alongside nightmarish motifs. The
simultaneous coexistence of different scenes lifts all restrictions of space and time.
We would be happy to welcome you on the 12th of November 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Please feel free to contact us for further information. Print-quality photos or other images are available on request.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Hannah Linder & Tilman Treusch
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Dr. Tilman Treusch:
Kunsthandel GmbH & Co KG
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b. 1974 Berlin, Germany
Musician, Poet, Painter
Son of Sonja Honecker, grandson of Erich and Margot Honecker
Grown up in GDR
1981 to 1989 schoolboy in Berlin, GDR
March 1990 moved with his parents to Chile
Pupil of the Collegio Alleman in Santiago de Chile
1999 publication of his first poetry collection
2000 to 2002 residence in CubaSince 2000 he participates with his poems and paintings at various surrealistic events in Spain, Portugal and Chile.