Pink Floyd, Jane Austen and virtual reality at the week in art

Exhibition of the week

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains
From psychedelic odysseys to melancholy musings on the rock star’s fate, the relics of Pink Floyd’s epic story are laid out.
V&A, London, 13 May–1 October

Also showing

Mat Collishaw
This pioneering experiment in making serious art in virtual reality transports you back to a Henry Fox Talbot photography exhibition in 1839.
Somerset House, London, 17 May–11 June. Advance booking essential.

Isaac Julien
The artist and film-maker revisits his 1989 film Looking for Langston.
Somerset House, London, 17 May–21 May

The Mysterious Miss Austen
The life of the great Georgian writer is explored in the 200th anniversary year of her death in Winchester.
The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, 13 May–24 July

Anderson and Law
Turneresque photographs of model ships from the Science Museum’s collection seen as if through eerie mists on the high seas.
Science Museum, London, until 25 June

Masterpiece of the week


Giovanni Antonio Baffo, the Baffo Harpsichord, 1574

“Grotesque” originally meant not something ugly or monstrous, necessarily, so much as a playful painted decoration with no message or meaning. It derives from from the Italian word for cave, and became an artistic term after Renaissance painters broke into the underground ruins of Nero’s palace in Rome and were amazed by the abstract strangeness of the ancient Roman murals they found there. This 16th-century Venetian harpsichord has grotesques painted on it that make it a sumptuous work of Renaissance art – one that sounds good, too.
V&A, London

Image of the week

Part of Folly, the latest and most significant work by British sculptor Phyllida Barlow, which went on show this week in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. The Guardian’s Charlotte Higgins wrote a feature on Barlow this week, talking to those who know her best, and exploring her late-flowering fame; Adrian Searle reviewed the Venice show, while Hannah Ellis-Petersen was on hand to hear from Barlow as she opened it to the publish

Get involved

Guardian members can book now for an exclusive private view: True Faith, a group show exploring the impact of Joy Division and New Order on the art world, part of Manchester international festival.