Adrian Searle's top 10 contemporary art shows of 2016

By Adrian Searle

Oscar Wilde haunted Reading jail, Helen Marten stormed the Hepworth, Philippe Parreno played invisible football – but nothing beat Ragnar Kjartansson, the wild man of Icelandic art, singing and swinging

Every five years, on camera, Ragnar Kjartansson‘s actress mother, Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir, spits on her son’s face. He stands beside her, a dutiful but errant son in a dapper suit, and takes it. Sometimes alarming, always surprising, and weirdly joyful, the Icelandic artist’s Barbican exhibition captivated audiences, many of whom returned again and again to a show that was itself full of repetition.

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