The Palliative Turn

9 July – 3 October 2022

with Carla Åhlander, Louise Ashcroft, Simon Blanck, Christoph Draeger, Kasia Fudakowski, Annemarie Goldschmidt, Teal Griffin, Harry Haddon, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Hjertström-Lappalainen, Per Hüttner, Nina Katchadourian, Alex Kwartler, Karin Kytökangas, Keith Larson, Mathias Lempart, Dafna Maimon, Marit Neeb, Laura Pientka, Sascia Reibel, John-Luke Roberts, Xavier Robles de Medina, Lydia Röder, Ruth Rubers, Maxwell Stephens,  Jana Thiel, Olav Westphalen, Gernot Wieland

The Palliative Turn is a project that spans across an exhibition, a program of events and a magazine. The project brings together contributions from artists, designers, a kinesiologist, a philosopher, a comedian, a grief and death counsellor, and a climate scientist, who have entered into an exchange within the framework of the Association for the Palliative Turn (APT). Founded in 2020, APT is an open-ended collaboration dedicated to discussing and promoting a palliative approach to, and in the arts. With an experimental, speculative and humorous approach, APT applies the concepts and approaches of palliative care to the current crises of civilization, viewing the period before systemic collapse as a time of insight, growth, and profound joy in all that is left. APT proposes no solutions, but an acceptance of the finitude of life and the limits of our remaining possibilities.

Curated by Nadja Quante in close collaboration with Kasia Fudakowski and Olav Westphalen 


Exhibition Booklet



Friday, 08.07., 7 pm 
Welcome: Janine Behrens, Managing Director
Greeting by Carmen Emigholz, State Councilor for Culture, Senator für Kultur Bremen
Introduction: Nadja Quante, Artistic Director
Followed by APT Manifesto, Performance by Maxwell Stephens 

Saturday, 09.07.
3 pm Palliative Drawing Sessions with Olav Westphalen
5 pm Exhibition tour with members of APT  

Sunday, 10.07., 12 noon
Walk on the Riensberg cemetery with Jana Thiel 

Wednesday, 27.07., 6 pm 
Guided tour with Frederik Preuschoft (in German) 

Wednesday, 28.09., 6 pm 
Curator’s Tour with Nadja Quante (in German) 

Thursday, 29.09., 7 pm
Reading: Johanna Klug: Mehr vom Leben. Wie mich die Begleitung Sterbender verändert

Friday, 30.09.
7 pm Performance by Per Hüttner: Duet with a Dying Plant
8.30 pm film screening of contributions by Christoph Draeger, Nina Katchadourian, Olav Westphalen, et al.

Saturday, 01.10.
11 am Last Aid in Life course with Lydia Roeder (DE)
1 pm Workshop with Annemarie Goldschmidt (Kinesiologist) and Per Hüttner (artist) (EN)
3 pm Workshop with Louise Ashcroft: NO KIDS (EN)
4.30 pm Exhibition tour with members of APT 
6 pm Open roundtable with members of APT 
8 pm Palliative Dinner (Registration at

With the kind support of

The digital mediation of the Performance by Per Hüttner, the workshop with Louise Ashcroft and the Open Roundtable is part of publics&publishings, a collaborative project between GAK, Künstlerhaus Bremen and Kunsthalle Museum Bremerhaven, which is being developed as part of "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.