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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-23

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  • [01] Protesting bond holders storm ND headquarters
  • [02] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [03] Nikolaos Gyzis "The Great Painter" exhibition

  • [01] Protesting bond holders storm ND headquarters

    AMNA--Bond holders on Friday gathered outside ruling New Democracy (ND) headquarters in Athens to protest their losses from the Greek bonds' haircut (PSI).

    A delegation of the protestors was received by the party's general director Costas Tzimaras with whom they discussed for 45 minutes. The protestors have asked to meet with the party's secretary Manolis Kefaloyannis.amna

    However, a group of the protestors stormed the entry hall, causing minor damage to the offices, and threw eggs at photographs of ND's former leaders which are on display on the walls of the entrance to the offices.

    [02] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The closely watched EU Summit, which focused on the 2014-2020 European budget and cuts in public sector special wage scales mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Up to 30 percent cuts in civil servants' salaries".

    AVGHI: "A town lost every day".

    DIMOKRATIA: "All the salaries scales in public sector".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "5.4 billion euros 'haircut' in incomes".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The new salaries in public sector and Public Utilities and Organisations".

    ESTIA: " Dictatorship of the 'accommodated' (civil servants)".

    ETHNOS: "Reversals (decreases) in all special payrolls".

    IMERISSIA: "Towards a compromise".

    KATHIMERINI: "33-percent unemployment in private sector".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Investments and incomes sink even deeper in crisis vortex".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "People will put an end to squalor by clashing with monopolies".

    TA NEA: "Greece-friendly wave ... but German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble insists".

    VRADYNI: "Knife to salaries of military, doctors and judges".

    6 DAYS: "They grabbed 32 billion euros from our pocket".

    [03] Nikolaos Gyzis "The Great Painter" exhibition

    AMNA--Gyzis' multi-level artistic universe is unfolded in the exhibition "Nikolaos Gyzis: The Great Painter", at the B & M Theocharakis Foundation, which was officially inaugurated by the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Thursday evening.

    "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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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'.

    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.

    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.

    The exhibition will run through February 3, 2013, and 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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