The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, CroatiaJuxtapoz // Monday, 22 Aug 2011
The Museum of Broken Relationships "grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from failed loves, the Museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the Museum's collection."
We are huge fans of this concept. Here is the full explanation of the Croatian-born touring museum, which now has a permanent home in Zagreb (Croatia). The collection includes underpants, wedding dresses, cell phones, all with full explanations of their significance around the idea of broken relationships.
Whatever the motivation for donating personal belongings – be it sheer exhibitionism, therapeutic relief, or simple curiosity – people embraced the idea of exhibiting their love legacy as a sort of a ritual, a solemn ceremony. Our societies oblige us with our marriages, funerals, and even graduation farewells, but deny us any formal recognition of the demise of a relationship, despite its strong emotional effect. In the words of Roland Barthes in A Lover's Discourse: "Every passion, ultimately, has its spectator... (there is) no amorous oblation without a final theater."