Most museums around the world focus on capturing and preserving masterpieces of high historical values typically created by famous people to showcase their achievements. It’s usually that or war remnants, histories and stories of the world as we know it.
While the highs of love and romance are celebrated worldwide (think February 14th), breakups are still generally very underrated, even though they are pretty much part and parcels of life too.
It is a real pity – when the intimacies, memories, and everything shared between two people during the course of a relationship basically comes to a halt and all that’s happened becomes something of the past. Dead. Gone.
With that, the Museum of Broken Relationships is one that is innovative and has a very high novelty value but after visiting, you cannot help but feel bittersweet and, well, more human.
The collections here are hardly masterpieces. Items include small and seemingly meaningless objects and some others that are just plain confusing. That being said, it’s very comforting to witness and learn the story behind each item, knowing that each of them meant something to a certain someone at some point.
In a way, the museum preserves these relationships and keeps these memories alive, acknowledging the fragility of human relationships and that the stories shared between two people, no matter who, really did mean something in this world. Although to be honest, some stories are just downright hilarious and some are just one party trying to get back at the other.
Conceived in Zagreb, Croatia, the Museum of Broken Relationships has since found another permanent home in Los Angeles. From time to time, there are also a traveling or pop-up version of the museum’s exhibition in various cities around the world. The museum was founded by two Croatian artists who joked about showcasing their personal items after their four-year relationship. They began collecting “break-up items” from friends and alas, the museum is born!
I personally really like this museum because more often than not, we’re taught to focus on achieving big things in life, creating legacies and whatnot. Sure, we idealize relationships and the possibilities of starting families, but there’s rarely any focus on the deeds and details of these romantic relationships because they always seem so small to other people, when in reality, these aspects of our lives affect us so much on very personal levels, allowing us to grow and become more human.
Despite my somewhat melancholic write-up about this museum, the museum is actually a rather light-hearted one so don’t take it too seriously and have some fun here!
Museum of Broken Relationships