THE FIVE BEST SHOWS IN LONDON

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Robert Capa Photographers' Gallery

Whether or not his most famous sequence - the falling militiaman - was staged, Capa remains the most profound war photographer of the century. The show covers it all, from Spain, through D-Day, to Vietnam.

Pieter de Hooch Dulwich Picture Gallery

The domestic chronicler of 17th-century Delft. De Hooch's interiors welcome strangers in. He delights in detail and perspectival challenges - houses like magic boxes. See In the Frame, right

Chagall Royal Academy

His best years were 1914-22. The works for the Russian State Jewish Theatre reveal a surprisingly vigorous and public-spirited artist, before his lapse into sweet-dreaminess.

Bruce Nauman Hayward Gallery

Video, repetition, neon, claustrophobia, noise, messages, surveillance: a sensory and intellectual assault on the viewer. The work of this US artist since the 1960s has been widely influential on/ripped off by later artists.

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 on the ironical generation.

... AND BEYOND

Jock McFadyen Edinburgh

Festival show. Work by leading British artist, mainly pictures of dilapidated and disused buildings in London and Edinburgh. Urban mess, rot, filth and rubbish, made paint with grace and malice.

Willie Doherty Liverpool

Top contemporary Irish artist: See Going Out Preview, p12

Disasters of War Brighton

Three ages of European war through the eyes and etchings of Jaques Callot, Goya and Otto Dix. Black-and-white, search-lit, scratched-out visions from the blackest of times; madness, shell-craters and blood.

Claude Lorrain Oxford

One hundred drawings by the great French classical landscape painter, including his remarkably free, vivid and sensitive outdoor studies of woods and streams. It's hard to believe they're 350 years old.

Renaissance to Impressionism Southampton

In 1992 a hoard of old masters was found in a basement and now they're on view - a mixture of favourites and rarities, among them Renaissance woman artist Sophonisba Anguisola.

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