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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-15

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  • [01] PM Samaras in Malta on Thursday
  • [02] Greek economy in deep recession
  • [03] Nikolaos Gyzis:'The Great Painter' exhibition

  • [01] PM Samaras in Malta on Thursday

    Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be in Malta on Thursday, where he will be the main speaker at the European People's Party (EPP) Bureau Meeting on the theme "The answer is more Europe".

    Samaras will also meet with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.

    [02] Greek economy in deep recession

    AMNA--Recession in the Greek economy deepened by 7.2 percent in the third quarter of the year, taking the country back 11 years in steady GDP prices to 44.6 billion euro compared with 43.4 billion euro in the third quarter in 2001, the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Wednesday.

    In flash estimates on the third quarter national accounts, ELSTAT said that "available non-seasonally-adjusted data indicate that, in the 3rd quarter of 2012, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices of year 2005 decreased by 7.2% in comparison with the 3rd quarter of 2011".

    The deepening recession is attributed to a decline in private consumption as a result of a constant decline in available incomes as well as to a literal freeze in investments, and is ameliorated somewhat by a reduction in imports.amna

    According to ELSTAT, GDP declined by 6.7 percent in the nine-month period, given reductions of 6.7 percent, 6.3 percent and 7.2 percent in the first, second and third quarters respectively.amna

    Financial experts told AMNA that achievement of the Middle-Term programme's target of 6.5 percent inflation in 2012 depends chiefly on when the outstanding tranche of the EU/IMF bailout loan will be disbursed, but also on the size of the sum that will be earmarked for payment of state debts to the private sector.amna

    Also according to the Middle-Term programme, the Greek economy is expected remain in recession for a sixth consecutive year in 2013, with a 4.5 percent reduction of GDP, while a marginal recovery is envisioned in 2014 with a 0.2 percent rise in GDP.

    [03] Nikolaos Gyzis:'The Great Painter' exhibition

    AMNA--"I cannot paint Greece as beautifully as I feel it," Nikolaos Gyzis (1842-1901), one of Greece's most important 19th century painters and the major representative of the so-called 'Munich School', the major 19th century Greek art movement, had once humbly said.

    Gyzis' multi-level artistic universe is unfolded in the exhibition "Nikolaos Gyzis: The Great Painter", at the B & M Theocharakis Foundation, which will be officially inaugurated by the President of the Republic on November 22.

    The exhibition coincides with the 101st anniversary of the death of the great painter, who brought the eternal colors of his homeland to Munich.

    The Foundation, in cooperation with the Municipal Gallery of Thessaloniki, presents a unique exhibition dedicated to Nikolaos Gyzis, one of the most important representatives of the famous Munich School with works from the much discussed donation of the Gyzis family to the Municipal Gallery of Thessaloniki. amna

    The exhibition depicts the evolution of the great painter through the presentation of 120 works, many of which are from the Gyzis family's donation to the Municipal Gallery of Thessaloniki, enriched with works from the collections of the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum, the National Bank, the Alpha Bank, the Averoff Museum, the Holy Panhellenic Foundation of Tinos, the Bank of Greece, the Athens Concert Hall, the Emfietzoglou Collection, the Marianna Latsis Collection and many other private collections.

    The exhibition features major paintings and rare oil paintings, drawings, sculptures and posters of the leading Greek painter of the 19th century. The thematic sections include, among others, portraits and scenes from the artist's family, religious and allegorical subjects, ethnographic themes, landscapes and still lifes.

    The exhibition also includes a display of a separate chapter in Gyzis' art, comprising posters, diplomas, medals and newspaper inserts, as well as drafts and micro-sculptures that reveal his constant and arduous trials and search in the field of art.amna

    Born in 1842 in the village of Sklavohori on the island of Tinos, which has a long artistic history, Nikolaos Gyzis was considered a realist in his folk themes, an idealist in his allegorical themes and a symbolist in his religious themes, according to art historians who studied his work.amna

    In 1850 his family settled in Athens, where he studied at the Athens School of Arts, where he was admitted at the age of 8(four years earlier than the admission age of 12) and developed his natural skill in painting, following the curriculum as an observer for the first four years and as a student after that until 1864.

    In 1865 he spread his wings for Munich, where he won a scholarship to continue his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, were he settled for the rest of his life, until his death in 1901. It was there that he approached great masters and came to know great artists, having the support of his fellow Greek artist and close friend Nikiforos Lytras.

    In the decade 1875-1885, Gyzis' paintings in Munich were nostalgically reminiscent of scenes of everyday life in Greece, but his dream of returning to Greece one day never happened.

    He was very soon incorporated into the German pictorial climate, becoming one of the most characteristic representatives of the Greek artistic movement of the 'Munich School'.amna

    From 1886 onward he was a professor at the Academy of Munich and gradually turned from the detailed realistic depictions towards compositions of a singularly impressionistic character.amna

    At the beginning of the 1870s returned to Greece for a period of several years, after which he produced a sequence paintings with more avowedly Greek themes.

    Towards the end of his life, in the 1890s, he took a turn toward more religious themes.

    Nikolaos Gyzis died of leukemia on January 4, 1901 in Munich, where he was also buried.amna

    The exhibition, which opened last week and will run through February 3, 2013, is accompanied by a catalogue including texts by Marinos Kaligas, Marina Lambraki-Plaka, Nelli Misirli, Konstantinos Didaskalou and Takis Mavrotas, and is curated by Takis Mavrotas and Konstantinos Didaskalou.

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