13 art shows you can’t miss this autumn

Every October, the art world explodes into life with hundreds of exhibitions. These are the autumn shows you really can’t miss
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Don't go into hibernation just yet – there are loads of awesome exhibitions opening in London this October. From much-anticipated Turbine Hall installation at Tate Modern (this year by Tania Bruguera) to the return of Yayoi Kusama and her psychedelic pumpkins, the city's art calendar is jam-packed. Here's our pick of all the exhibitions you need to see.

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Pierre Huyghe

icon-location-pin Serpentine Gallery, Knightsbridge
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Do androids dream of electric sheep? Who cares? The real question is: do deep neural networks know what art is? At least, that’s what we think the question is at the heart of brilliant French artist Pierre Huyghe’s new show. The Serpentine is being turned into a giant incubator, filled with buzzing flies, LED screens and artificial intelligence. No clue what it’s about, but it sounds amazing.

© 2018 Chris Burden / licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Gagosian
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Chris Burden: Measured

icon-location-pin Gagosian Britannia St, St Pancras
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American performance art pioneer Chris Burden (1946-2015) is best known for his shocking early pieces that saw him getting shot in the arm and crucifying himself on a car bonnet in the name of art. Later in life he got a bit more health-and-safety-conscious and started making stunning, discomforting sculptures. This Porsche sports car counter-balanced with a massive boulder (above) is Burden at his most striking. And no one had to go to hospital, which is a bonus.

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Tania Bruguera 'Tatlin’s Whisper #5' at Tate Modern (2016) Photo © Tate Photography
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Turbine Hall 2018

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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She’s kettled viewers with mounted police, she’s stood in an unwinnable Cuban election and she’s eaten a whole load of soil. Tania Bruguera is not afraid of confrontation. And this year, she’s taking over the Tate Modern Turbine Hall with a performance installation that’s totally shrouded in secrecy.
It opens today (Tuesday October 2), so we haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but what we do know is that it won’t make for easy viewing.

Jusepe de Ribera, 'St Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women'. Copyright Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. Photo: The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.
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Ribera: Art of Violence review

icon-location-pin Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village
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Shockingly violent and often nastily cruel, Spanish baroque old master Jusepe de Ribera really knew how to grab the viewer’s attention. Hundreds of years later, his work still has the power to slap you around a little bit, testament to just how good he was. And now you can see it all without having to fly to Spain. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you have to go to Dulwich Village instead.

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Giovanni Bellini, 'The Dead Christ'. Copyright Gemäldegalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Photo: Jörg P. Anders.
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Mantegna and Bellini

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
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Sure, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ sounds like two cocktails you can barely afford, but don’t let that put you off. This exhibition explores the artistic relationship between two proper old masters, Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna. They weren’t just linked creatively, they were brothers-in-law, which made for a career-spanning rivalry and relationship that would change art (and cocktail-naming) for ever.

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