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Lucio Fontana (Hayward Gallery, London)

Mysterious Italian sculptor-painter, slasher and slitter reaches his best, and strangest, in The End of God - a suite of egg-shaped, burst and punctured canvases (right). To 9 Jan

Ana Maria Pacheco (National Gallery, London)

The Brazilian sculptor and in-house artist presents a Catholic tableau of painted-wood effigies surrounding a fearsome Sebastian shot with arrows. To 9 Jan

Amazons of the Avant-Garde (Royal Academy, London)

Goncharova, Stepanova, Udaltsova, Exter, Rozanova and Popova - the best leading female contributors to the Russian scene, 1910-24. To 6 Feb

Michelangelo Pistoletto (MoMA, Oxford)

The sage of Arte Povera, best known for his mirror paintings; here shown with new sculpture, silkscreens and photos. To 30 Dec

Morandi & His Time (Dean Gallery, Edinburgh)

Mr 20th-Century Still Life: 19 of his table-top paintings, with their close and nervous families of bottles, jugs and pots. To 5 Dec

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