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Charlotte Salomon Royal Academy

"Life? Or Theatre?", Salomon's life in pictures. 405 raw gouaches tell the story of the German Jewish girl's haste before Auschwitz - an expressionistic operetta in three colours. To 10 Jan

Grinling Gibbons

Victoria & Albert Museum

Fruit, flowers and foliage - the best chisel-work (right) of the great 17th-century English woodcarver, who made intricacy and the abundance of nature his trademark. To 24 Jan

Chris Ofili Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

This 1998 Turner Prize-winner is an upbeat original, his surfaces dense and decorative, with swirls of dots, eyes, Afros and black icons, and incorporating mutant balls of elephant dung. To 24 Jan

Goya: The Disparates Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery

Goya was deaf, ill and in his seventies when he produced his last series of etchings. Mysterious in intention, it is a void world: life is folly, men fly off on wings into darkness. To 23 Jan

Edward Burne-Jones Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Centenary exhibition gathers together many favourites illustrating Burne- Jones's romantic and medievalist nether world. To 17 Jan

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