The Five Best Shows

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Monet in the 20th Century (Royal Academy)

The gardens and ponds at Giverny dissolve into elemental visions: fiery lights, haze, liquid reflections, voids and depths. To 18 Apr

Portraits by Ingres (National Gallery)

Some of the smartest, most intense portraiture ever. Men: icons of power. Women: exquisite melanges of flesh and fabric, dreams of sex and money. Images of triumphant bourgeois luxury. To 25 Apr

Andreas Gursky (Serpentine Gallery)

Photographs 1994-98: wide-vision, high-finish, micro-detailed vistas of our world - stock-exchange floor, alpine valley - images filled with more than the eye can see. To 7 Mar

Disasters of War

(Wolverhampton Art Gallery)

"I saw this" - three ages of European war through the etchings of Jacques Callot, Goya and Otto Dix. Visions from the blackest of times. To 20 Mar

Willie Doherty

(MoMA, Oxford)

"Somewhere Else": a nervy, multi-screen video installation by this leading Irish artist (right), reflects on sectarian terror and state security. To 4 Apr