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'Curio from the Colonial Era, Lithograph, 2011’Titokowaru’s Dilemma

31 March – 10 June, 2012
Main Exhibition Gallery, Puke Ariki


Titokowaru’s Dilemma shines light into the murky world of myth making. Marian Maguire’s beautiful lithographs and etchings explore Taranaki history, challenging simplistic readings of the past by taking Riwha Tītokowaru and placing him with the gods and philosophers of ancient Greece, showing him in debates that have a timeless significance. The prints are complemented by items from the Puke Ariki heritage collection which expose some fertile gaps in the accounts surrounding Tītokowaru and his enemies;  gaps in which colourful myths have sprouted. This exhibition asks ‘What is myth?’, ‘What is history?’and ‘Who decides?’



                      Te Radar keeps peace over Maori chief 



Marian Maguire
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Puke Ariki's Social History Curator Andrew Moffat

A Curator's Dilemma

Access a huge array of resources, links and material, and read what Andrew has to say about the challenges of curating this exhibition