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The 15 best art shows of 2015

Delaunay surprised, Diebenkorn delighted and Goya scored twice: here's our pick of the shows of the year

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Martin Coomer
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We willingly scratched our heads and had a ‘what’s it all about?’ moment, pondering the immensity of the universe and other big subjects in this hallucinatory installation at the Vinyl Factory Space at Brewer Street Car Park in April – even if it left us blissfully in the dark.

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The Chinese megastar’s first major UK survey – at the Royal Academy of Arts, September to December – was epic and serious – and rather samey. But even its repetitiveness started to feel purposeful and critical – evidence of an unyielding spirit in the face of an unrelenting regime.

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Mad cows, a missile, David Beckham asleep, Gilbert & George getting pissed… this was one nation under a roof (at the Hayward Gallery February to April) and it was a brilliantly disconcerting experience.

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