Nightmare + Press Kit: DOCUMENTA 13

Canadian bloggers Nadja Sayej says ( in she got a Documenta 13 press kit:

"The CDR features three images by the artist Giuseppe Penone. There are nine jpegs featuring the work of Jimmie Durham. But the DOCUMENTA (13) camera-friendly curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev has 19 images featuring various glamour shots of her in a forest, lounging on a lounge chair, wearing business blazers, working hard, hardly working, throning it and more"


Apr 30, 12 8:15 am

Art crisis is bigger than architecture.

Apr 30, 12 10:15 am  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos


Apr 30, 12 10:53 am  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos

Iconology of throning


May 2, 12 5:26 am  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos


May 7, 12 10:24 am  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos

DOCUMENTA (13) vs. DOCUMENTA (19 curator porn)



May 8, 12 6:59 am  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos

The dOCUMENTA (13) press office is obsessed with photographing its curator, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and her dog, Darcy. Under the “research” section of the dOCUMENTA website, you’ll see the headline for this story is: “Darcy and Carolyn with today’s newspaper.” 

Jun 4, 12 5:11 am  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos

DOCUMENTA 13 + 666 press kit Carolyn = DOCUMENTA 19 exorcists

DOCUMENTA 13 + 6 cur-actors = DOCUMENTA 19

DOCUMENTA 13 + 1 Carolyn AntiChristov Bakargiev = 19 AAAAGHHHHHHHHHH

DOCUMENTA 13 + horror press kit = 13 SOS

DOCUMENTA 13 SOS + 1 horror press kit = 14 HELL-P

DOCUMENTA 13 + 1 press kit = 666 curator exorcist

1 Carolyn ANTIChristov Bakargiev + 1 exorcist = DOCUMENTA 666

Jul 31, 12 12:03 pm  · 

oh my god can you please stop with this shit? This is just annoying. You may have the most annoying writing style I have ever seen in my life, and this thread goes beyond harassment to actual internet bullying. Pathetic.

Jul 31, 12 12:37 pm  · 

gondol3 == Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev or her dog, Darcy??

a little too much attention seeking.  i agree with rusty.

Jul 31, 12 12:42 pm  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos

My aim with this thread was to “discuss” curator porn + Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, an incredibly presumptuous curator. 

Moreover, my writing style isn't going to appeal to everyone and i am not a Walt Disney cartoonist.

"Curatorial rhetoric..."

Aug 1, 12 2:25 pm  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos

Shackleford, I would like to explain to you the reason of all my criticisms.

The point is that Bakargiev was active for years in one of the richest institutions of contemporary art in Italy, the Castello di Rivoli – in Turin – as chief curator and director. I can assure you that, regards to Bakargiev’s story as an intellectual, Documenta 13 is not, at all, an innovative exhibition. All that theoretical confusion has been useful to give out opinions on any matter – of which she lacks synthesizing skill - and to give a lot of space to one of the artists who had already exhibited at the Rivoli: an artist of Arte Povera, a current not conceived by her, but mainly referable to Turin, the city of the Rivoli museum. The caos of Documenta 13 is useful to hide some oddities: we see the presence of Bakargiev’s husband – a performer and lecturer. And yet they say that, as an artist, he hasn’t been invited… What could be more conservative than this?

Bakargiev’s “style” bears all the features of many Italian critics of the last decades that have made this country a very difficult place for an independent creative artist: unrestrained narcissism and self-promotion that put the role of the artist in the background; absence of taste and aesthetic sense that have been replaced with exhausting intellectualism administered in such doses as to daze the observer; incapacity of starting from the work of art to understand and interpret the art: it is instead used as an illustration and a visual appendix by Mr. So-and-so abstract, academic critic. Actually, Documenta 13 could well be a congress of criticism of art. But, the cunning conjurer on the one hand puts on a show and confuses the spectator whilst on the other hand she puts into practice the same old tricks. During the b years, the Rivoli was part of a chain called “Museo senza centro”, seemingly a project to promote “young art”, but actually a chain of museums aimed to give space, in the Italian art institutes, to a list of artists called “ Italian Area” chosen by 4 critics: Angela Vettese (a journalist who works together with Bakargiev for the daily newspaper "IL SOLE 24 ORE" and who has been severely criticized in Italy for her conflict of interests), Bertola, Farronato, Scardi. Some of the Italian artists invited to Documenta in fact belong to the Italian Area database list.

"Museo Senza Centro"

Caricature of Angela Vettese (as Pinocchia), who has been criticized in Italy for her conflict of interests and her absurd articles...

Sep 15, 12 9:45 am  · 
Kos Scarpa Kos

The final result of this “style” can be seen here:

"Non-Functional Thoughts (1978-2008) is work by Italian artist, and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev’s husband"


Oct 2, 12 7:12 am  · 

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