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Mysteries of Ancient China

The "unique beauty and composure of Chinese art" (Bryan Robertson, writing on these pages last week) as refracted through a myriad mysterious and amazing artefacts executed in bronze, jade, stone, wood and ceramic, and dating from the early Neolithic period (4500-2000 BC) through to the Han Dynasty of the early third century AD. The sort of show that gives grave- robbing a good name. British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1 (0171-420 0000)

Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

Just think: a whole roomful of 35,000 miniature ETs all staring up at you in mute submission and dazed (but unglazed) wonderment.Whoever said the age of fascist art was past? Not the Arts Council (Gormley supporters both here and on his "angel of the North"), that's for sure.

Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-960 4242)

Robert Mapplethorpe

"Mummy, mummy, why's that man peeing into that other man's mouth?" "Because it's art, darling. Now, look at the lovely flowers and don't ask any more silly questions." Check out the photography-versus-pornography debate for yourselves (and, if you don't like tricky questions, leave your loved ones, both young and old, safely at home).

Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-960 4242)

Dhruva Mistry

A survey of the past six years' work - ranging from reclining deities through abstract stick-figures to elaborately gold-leafed plaster reliefs of the eight Indian rasas (or "muses") - by the Indian-born master-sculptor as he prepares to return home to Baroda after a 15-year extended stay in this country.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, Wakefield, West Yorks (01924 830579)

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