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Monday, October 29, 2007

Headed for a Heartbreak

We probably all have them, in one form or another — those little mementos from broken relationships. It could be as cliche as a card or letter, or as odd as an empty shampoo bottle that you keep around to sniff every once in a while to remind you of your lost love. Some of us purge these kinds of things on a regular basis, while some of us have stockpiles of crap just waiting to finally be let go. 

Museum If you're looking for a constructive way to get rid of your love evidence, you should check out The Museum of Broken Relationships. Originally started in Croatia by two artists who called it quits, the collection now travels city to city asking residents to donate items along with a short description. So far, the museum has collected more than 300 objects including a wedding dress, fuzzy handcuffs, a coffeepot, a bicycle and more. My favorite is the axe donated by a woman who used it to destroy the furniture of her cheating lover. The description reads:

"The more her room filled up with chopped up furniture, the more I started to feel better. Two weeks after she was kicked out she came to take the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and fragments of wood."

Museum2 The idea behind the museum is to create beauty and art out of the objects that cause us pain. Olinka Vistica, one of the museum's founders, says, "The normal impulse is to destroy the mementos of a relationship in order to recover, but we thought of using creativity to overcome the pain of the experience and also remember the joy those objects once held for us."

The museum is currently set up in Berlin and will soon hit Stockholm, Tokyo and New York.

If you could, what items would you donate to The Museum of Broken Relationships? Feel free to share your descriptions in the comments section. You can comment anonymously — just come up with an alias and skip the email field.


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