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Auckland Museum Events & Exhibitions

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The Art of Islam 18 April – 15 June Created for shahs, princes and sultans over eight centuries and as many countries, The Art of Islam presents rare objects of exceptional beauty from the Kuwait National Museum. Objects include 10th century glass and porcelain, fine carpets and ceramics, gem-encrusted jewellery and exquisite gold-leaf texts from the Koran. Special exhibition hall. Adults $10, concs $7.50.

Double Deal – See Art of Islam and Magnum° - Our Turning World for the joint price of adults $12, concs $9.
Magnum° - Our Turning World 18 April – 15 June Defining photographs from the closing decade of the last millennium, featuring work from some of the world’s finest photojournalists. Special exhibition hall. Admission charges apply. Adults $6.

Double Deal – See Art of Islam and Magnum° - Our Turning World for the joint price of adults $12, concs $9.
Finnish Design 125 28 March – 18 May

Celebrating 125 years of Finnish creativity. Design classics, from mobile phones to Alvo Aalto glassware. Decorative Arts East and West. Standard Museum donation entry

Art 4 Kidz 12 April – 13 July A celebration of children’s book illustration from the collection of educational publisher, Wendy Pye.. Standard Museum donation entry


Pacific Origins Every Wednesday in May A four part lecture series on the origins of the Pacific.

Topics are: ‘From Asia to Aotearoa’, ‘The First Settlers’, ‘The Archaelogy of Late Maori Settlement’ and ‘Polynesian Stories: The Kiore Story’. Call 09 306 7070 extn 883 for an enrolment form. $15 per lecture.

All Day
Music in the Museum Sunday 4 May Harpist Yi Jin’s trio combo – a harp, violin and a cello – perform classical and easy listening music. Apec Room 3pm. Standard Museum donation entry.

Time in Motion – Explorers, Endurance, Endeavour Sunday 25 May This non-fiction film series, curated by the New Zealand Film Archive, looks at great explorers and adventurers. Apec Room 3pm. Standard Museum donation entry

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Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

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Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

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New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

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