ART: THE FIVE BEST SHOWS IN LONDON

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Van Dyck Royal Academy

Elegant, melancholy and short-lived portraitist to countless nobles and royals, in a show including his rarer mythological and religious works. To 10 Dec

Jane & Louise Wilson Serpentine Gallery

A mini-retro for the Turner-shortlisted twins, specialists in accessing the institutes of power, with themselves as stalking, symbolic presences. To 31 Oct

Boetti Whitechapel Gallery

Italian who made vast drawings in blue biro, commissioned embroidered maps of nation states from tribal craftswomen, and eventually turned himself into two artists. To 7 Nov

Mimmo Paladino South London Gallery

The Italian season continues with Paladino, who came out of the Eighties transavanguardia movement. Here he fills the gallery with austere stone figures. To 17 Oct

Van Gogh: A Pair of Shoes National Gallery, Room 45

Mud-ochre, black and battered - this still-life embodies Van Gogh's obsession with soil and toil. Painted in 1886 and on loan from Amsterdam. To Aug 2000

THE FIVE BEST SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY

Notorious MoMA, Oxford

One hundred years after his birth, Alfred Hitchcock lives. Group show looks at his legacy in art, most cunningly in the "Phoenix Tapes". To 3 Oct

Anthony Gormley's `Field' Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

One of the hits of the decade: a sea of 40,000 pint-sized clay folk - obedient, expectant, menacing, and stopping dead in a line at your feet. To 31 Oct

Dark and stormy paintings and prints by the Expressionist groups working through the discord of the early 20th century. To 9 Oct

Expressionism in Germany Bolton Art Gallery & Aquarium

TRACE: the 1999 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art Across Liverpool

At venues throughout the city, this first biennial presents 60 international artists on the theme of memory - personal and historical. To 7 Nov

Olafur Eliasson Dundee Contemporary Arts

First UK solo show for this young installation artist, who brings the outdoors indoors using light, water, steam and ice. To 7 Nov

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