The Museum of Broken Relationships

Last night I went to see the recently opened exhibition titled ‘The Museum of Broken Relationships’ hosted by the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden. Set across two venues, the exhibition is put simply a collection, or documentation of failed relationships through symbolic items / artefacts. As sombre as this may sound, it made for quite an interesting evening, with a very varied mix of items displayed, each with equally varied stories about what the symbolised of the ruined relationship. Some items seemed to be there in order to get a laugh, but others were genuinely touching [for example one lady donated her entire album of Wedding photographs…]. All items are donated for free by individuals, either anonymously or with as much detail as they are willing to go into.

From the official website: “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. Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. Although often colored by personal experience, local culture and history, the exhibits presented here form universal patterns offering us to discover them and feel the comfort they can bring. Hopefully they can also inspire our personal search for deeper insights and strengthen our belief in something more meaningful than random suffering.”

Admittedly, there is an air of ‘teenage angst’ surrounding some of the items, but if you want to see something different of an evening, I definitely suggest a visit. it is open until 10pm most evenings, and runs until September 4th.

More information here.



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