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Goldin + Senneby, The Discreet Charm, 2011, MDF, plywood, 11 1/8 x 44 x 70". From the 6th Göteborg International Biennial.

6th Göteborg International Biennial

Goldin + Senneby, The Discreet Charm, 2011, MDF, plywood, 11 1/8 x 44 x 70". From the 6th Göteborg International Biennial.

When Milton’s Lucifer was thrown out of heaven, he built Pandemonium, a castle where he and his fellow devils could plan their future actions against the old order. One couldn’t find a better image for organized disobedience. It’s also an excellent starting point for the production of a twenty-first-century biennial. The Sixth Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, curated by Sarat Maharaj and his team—Dorothee Albrecht, Stina Edblom, and Gertrud Sandqvist—was lavishly called “Pandemonium: Art in a Time of Creativity Fever.” But despite the biennial’s devilish title, there were few works that came close to the demonic darkness and flamboyant rebellion of Paradise Lost. “Pandemonium” was, in fact, a low-key exhibition that nevertheless opened up like a lotus flower, with fragile and process-oriented works that required time and careful attention—no

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