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JULY 2003
Event/ Exhibition Dates Description Location /Time

EXHIBITIONS
Gold and Sacrifice: Treasures of Ancient Peru 11 July – 18 September

An exhibition exploring the power and ritual of ancient Pre-Columbian cultures. Ritual battle, human sacrifice, the supernatural and the afterlife are just some of the themes examined in Gold & Sacrifice, which comes to Auckland Museum from the world's finest collection of Pre-Columbian art at Peru's Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. Gold & Sacrifice sees striking remnants of a complex civilisation on display, from sacrificial blades and goblets to elaborate gold jewellery worn by priests and finely decorated ceramics depicting half-human, half-animal spirits and the sacrifice ceremony itself. Gold & Sacrifice is indemnified by the New Zealand Government and is generously supported by sponsors Walker & Hall and LanChile. Special Exhibition Halls 1 & 2. Admission charges apply.

Metaform 03 6 June – 7 September

Examples of innovative NZ furniture designs are on display in an exhibition showcasing the winners of the Metaform 03 competition. Designers were given the opportunity to be the first to work with an innovative new wood product, Green Seal, a hardwood alternative which uses wood from sustainably managed NZ pine plantation forests. The winning designs show how innovation and design can work together to push traditional boundaries. Metaform 03 is sponsored by Carter Holt Harvey, AGM Publishing and Locus Research, Design and Development. Decorative Arts East and West. Standard Museum donation entry.

Pompallier - Te Hikoi Tapu - His Journey Home 4 July – 7 September

A moving photographic essay of the journey home of Bishop Jean-Baptiste Francois Pompallier from a small village graveyard on the outskirts of Paris, to Motuti in the far North. Pictoral Gallery. Standard Museum donation entry.

Three Cameras in New Guinea Until 10 August

A lost colonial world is brought to life in this exhibition of photographs taken by three missionaries at work in Papua and New Guinea between 1900 and 1928. 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

EVENTS
Music in the Museum Saturday 12 July
Peruvian band “Tumi” perform traditional songs from their homeland. Manaia Room 3pm. Standard Museum donation entry.

Living Treasures Day – Bastille Day Sunday 13 July
A day celebrating French culture. Talks, children’s activities, websites and much more! All Day. Standard Museum donation entry.

Time in Motion – When We Were Young Sunday 27 July
The ‘Time in Motion’ non-fiction film series, curated by the New Zealand Film Archive, looks back at childhood over the decades, including: karitane and plunket nurses, early schools, fun fairs and film about the “largest state house in the Dominion” which houses a family of twelve. Manaia Room 3pm. Standard Museum donation entry

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