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Last updated : 1st March 2000

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Online artists, whose work is principally created and viewed on the internet, are eligible for a prize of $50,000 inaugurated by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It will be awarded to "an artist or artists who have exhibited excellence in online art". Entries from any country must be submitted online to www.webbyawards.com by 14th March. The winner will be announced on 11th May.

Photographs by Snowdon: A Retrospective is a selection from a 50 year portfolio, which admirably demonstrates that it is by no means restricted to the rich and famous. Snowdon's early work as a fashion photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair included mould breaking shots of models posed on aircraft wings and piles of cars. London, his book published in 1958, was instrumental in creating the image of Swinging London. In fact his wedding to Princess Margaret in 1960, inspired design student Geoff Reeves to paint a pair of sunglasses with a Union Jack, thus starting one of the fads of the era. Later work includes pictorial essays on social problems, reflecting his involvement in charities. National Portrait Gallery until 4th June.

The Art Of Barbie is an exhibition of creations for the world's greatest, most perfect, and longest enduring supermodel. Fifty fans, including designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen, (do you really think these boys should be playing with dolls?), artists Rachael Whiteread and Antony Gormley, and photographer David Bailey, present their visions for Barbie - and even a few for Ken. Proud Galleries, London WC2, 0171 839 4942, until 12th April.

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All For Love is a selection of images from the Hulton Getty Picture Collection, which is perhaps the world's greatest library of illustrative material. Its cornerstone is the Picture Post collection, which is the embodiment of the art of photojournalism and features the work of many of its pioneers. This exhibition explores the concept of love in all its eclectic forms, from John and Yoko, through the film Casablanca, back to Melrose Abbey, where Robert the Bruce's heart is buried (not featured itself). Hulton Getty Picture Gallery until 25th March.

Seeing Salvation: The Image of Christ explores how the figure of Christ has been represented in the western artistic tradition, and the language of Christian imagery. Through paintings, sculptures, coins and engravings, it examines different aspects of the visual identity of Christ, and the pictorial questions that artists have confronted as they made His image. Works range from the earliest known Crucifixion, a 5th century ivory relief, to Salvador Dali's controversial Christ of St John of the Cross, painted in 1951. Though Christianity is now "uncool", it remains the bedrock of western culture. This millennial exhibition asks what such images mean in today's faithless world. There is an accompanying television series beginning on 2nd April, presented by the director of the National Gallery, Neil MacGregor. National Gallery until 7th May.

Buckingham Palace The Ballroom is to be opened to the public for the first time this year as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms. 122 feet long and 60 feet wide, it has been at the centre of state entertaining since it was built for Queen Victoria, and opened in 1859 with a ball to celebrate the end of the Crimean War. Since 1954, 48 heads of state have been entertained there at state banquets. It is also used for investitures, and there will be an exhibition with examples of all the major honours awarded. The State Rooms contain many works of art from the Royal Collection. Buckingham Palace 6th August until 1st October.

Panamarenko is the first London exhibition of the extraordinary work of a virtually unclassifiable Belgian artist, inventor and visionary. His pseudonym - an abbreviation of Pan American Airlines Company - betrays his obsession with flying machines. Styling himself a latter day Leonardo, his work over thirty years has fused artistic and technological experiment, and includes aeroplanes, flying carpets, cars, flying saucers, helicopters and birds. Shown here are drawings, models, sculptures and spectacular structures, including one gallery entirely filled with an airship, and a submarine moored outside. Hayward Gallery until 2nd April.

Painted Illusions: The Art of Cornelius Gijsbrechts id dedicated to the art of deception, with work by one of the most important painters of illusionistic or trompe l'oeil pictures in European art, seen in London for the first time. One of the favourite themes of 17th century trompe-l'oeil painters was the letter rack, with papers and other objects tucked into, or hung from, ribbons stretched across a board. Gijsbrechts raised this to a new level of sophistication, with an extraordinary assortment of letters (often addressed to himself as "painter to the king of Denmark"), almanacs (which date the paintings), engravings, royal proclamations, miniature portraits, quill pens, tidies with pockets, and tools and equipment of every imaginable kind. National Gallery until 1st May.

Bauhaus Dessau celebrates the Bauhaus school, which despite its brief 14 year existence, became probably the most important influence on the architecture, design and craft of the 20th Century. Although it started in Weimar in 1919, the school enjoyed its most successful period during the late 1920's, at a purpose built headquarters at Dessau, designed by its founder, the architect Walter Gropius. The exhibition concentrates on this period, with Marcel Breuer's cantilevered tubular steel chairs, Marianne Brandt's light fittings, Herbert Bayer's advertisements, Gunts Stoltz's textiles, paintings by Klee and Kandinsky and designs and models of the Dessau building itself. Design Museum 10th February until 4th June.

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Rene Magritte was the foremost exponent of the surrealist movement, and this exhibition contains 70 of his works, some of which are among the most memorable images of the 20th century. Clouds and bowler hats aplenty then - and the fact that he was Belgian somehow makes it even more surreal. The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, 0131 624, 6200, until 26th March.

Retrace Your Steps: Remember Tomorrow gives a new twist to an old museum. Often cited as the favourite "undiscovered" Victorian collection in London, Sir John Soane's Museum is staging an exhibition in which works by contemporary artists are placed strategically around the space. With so much crammed in already it's hard to imagine how this is possible, but go and hunt - many of the pieces have been created specially for this exhibition. Sir John Soane's Museum until 25th March.

Audible Light is a series of installations and environments created by eight artists, with backgrounds in music, performance, film, video and architecture, from Britain and Europe. Each explores sonic illumination - the artificial generation and interaction of sound and light. Some pieces are interactive, and are affected by the movement of the viewer. Museum Of Modern Art Oxford, 01865 722733, until 19th March.