Love stories and Lionel Messi – the week in art
The secrets of couples who’ve been together for over 50 years, and the World Press Photo winners ... plus art-world record breakers, a fake soul superstar, and the explosive relaunch of the Whitworth Art Gallery – in your weekly art dispatch
Exhibition of the week
This highly subversive artist presents a public artwork inspired by a mysterious 18th-century toolchest and entitled Great Expectations. Expect a tease.
• Guildhall Museum, Rochester and other local venues until September.
Other exhibitions this week
Black-and-white photographs of everyday life in the Surinamese rain forest.
• ICA, London, until 12 April.
• John Hubbard
Paintings inspired by the light and colours of Morocco.
New Art Centre, Salisbury, until 22 March.
Masterpiece of the week
Saint Francis in Meditation (1635-39) by Francisco de Zurbarán
This is one of the most eerily compelling works of art you’ll ever see. It has to be experienced for real, in the gallery, to feel its full power, which depends on a brilliant optical effect. The space inside the kneeling saint’s hood seems black and empty; only by looking harder do you start to see his eyes in the darkness. That journey into shadow is a genuinely spiritual shock.
• National Gallery, London.
Image of the week
What we learned this week
And finally …