THE FIVE BEST EXHIBITIONS

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Turks (Royal Academy, London)

Culturama of Ottoman artefacts and objects, from AD600 to 1600, tracing developments in textiles, metalwork, ceramic, script. (020-7300 8000) to 12 April

Calum Innes (Tate St Ives)

The Scottish minimalist painter balances austere blocks of vivid stain against an almost bare canvas. (01736 796226) to 8 May

ZRichard Wentworth (Tate Liverpool)

Overview of photographs and sculpture by the British artist who celebrates low-level DIY creativity in everyday objects. (0151-702 7400) to 24 April

Bob and Roberta Smith

(Baltic, Gateshead)

Help Build the Ruins of Democracy: new work by the artist, using sculpture, social narrative and text. (0191-478 1810) to 3 April

Anthony Caro (Tate Britain, London)

The British artist's walk-through, clamber-up architectural sculptures fill the central gallery. (020-7887 8000) to 17 April

AND ONE TO AVOID...

Francois Boucher (Wallace Collection, London)

We're not seduced by the 18th-century French painter's erotic-decorative world of frothy and flouncy romps.

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