ART: THE FIVE BEST SHOWS IN LONDON

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Chagall: Love & the Stage Royal Academy

Chagall's works for the Russian State Jewish Theatre, 1914-22, reveal a vigorous, public-spirited artist, before his lapse into dreaminess. Left: Love and the Stage. To 13 Sept

Pieter de Hooch Dulwich Picture Gallery

The domestic chronicler of 17th-century Delft portrays low-key activity in welcoming interiors. De Hooch delights in detail and perspective challenges, picturing houses like magic boxes. To 15 Nov

Bruce Nauman Hayward Gallery

A sensory and intellectual assault on the viewer by a US artist whose work, since the 1960s, has been widely influential. Ends tomorrow

Speed Whitechapel Gallery

Modern time and technology in the works of various artists over the past century, including Sickert, Pollock, Duchamp, Delaunay and Beuys, and featuring Leger's film Ballet Mecanique. To 22 Nov

Loose Threads Serpentine Gallery

A contemporary art sewing bee: a round-up of stitchers, spoolers and weavers, male and female, most new to the UK, showing that the homely arts of our grandmothers have not been lost. To 20 Sept

... AND BEYOND

Mona Hatoum Scottish National Gallery of Modem Art, Edinburgh

A compelling overview of Hatoum's body-focused work, full of disorienting installations, orifices and dangerous objects. To 25 Oct

Willie Doherty Tate, Liverpool

Top Irish artist uses documentary formats to evoke the iconography of terror: the burnt-out car, empty road, dubbed interview in silhouette. To 4 Oct

Disasters of War Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

European wars - mass-executions, shell craters, madness - through the etchings of Jacques Callot, Goya and Otto Dix. To 4 Oct

Claude Lorrain: Drawings Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

100 remarkably vivid and sensitive drawings by this great French classical landscape painter, It's hard to believe they're 350 years old. To 13 Sept

George Fullard Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

"Playing with Paradox" rediscovers this post-war British sculptor, an original force who died aged 50 in 1973. Fullard made 3D collages and toy-like constructions of found objects and scrap materials, often reflecting his war experiences. To 20 Sept

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