Museum of Broken Relationships, Los Angeles

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The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. The museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the permanent 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.

Visitors are encouraged to be active participants in curating the new exhibition. Whatever the motivation for donating personal belongings – be it sheer exhibitionism, therapeutic relief, or simple curiosity, people are challenged to embrace the idea of exhibiting their love legacy as a sort of ritual, a solemn ceremony. The act of donation invites the viewer to participate in a preemptive archaeology that chronicles and the displays the items that are of the greatest importance to us now.

Hopefully, the objects will also inspire our personal search for deeper insights and strengthen our belief in something more meaningful.
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  • Interesting experience of people and couples showing their worldwide and interntional stories about their relationships, thir stories, their bad and good moments. also it shows some items and letters....  more »
  • We decided to check out this museum based on Tripadvisor reviews. The museum is filled with artifacts coupled with narratives about relationships that ended or failed. I read almost every display.....  more »
  • A little too surreal! But I applaud the creativity, cuz I couldn't that kind of work
  • The 'Museum of Broken Relationships' premise, is based upon a belief held, also, by Marcel Proust and Orson Welles, that physical objects can be a strong stimulus of emotional memories. The museum's name is what kinds of memories that the museum explores. The exhibits in the museum are objects donated by, well, practically anyone can donate an object, along with a description of what role the object had in the donors relationshipand subsequent break up. It's a concept for a museum that I found most interesting, and I was eager to give it a look. After viewing a number of exhibits, I began to see a problem emerge, that talking about a very personal experience in public can be difficult. It seemed that I was missing an essential part of the whole story. Compounding the problem, are the museum restrictions on what can or can't be written about. It looks like a number of exhibits passed the censors even though they violated some rules, yet, there was always something missing. I guess some censorship might be a good idea, especially about sex, because there are some people who get over stimulated by sexy stuff, and I could see the museum being converted rapidly into a peep show, or something like that. The problem is that in romantic types of relationships, the sex part is very important, so, abridging those parts leaves big gaps in the story. Other problems: I've been to the museum a few times, and the exhibits didn't change much. It's pretty expensive for what you get. I went on a date to the museum all of the times I went, but we didn't break up right there on the spot. Maybe when I'm about to break up with some guy I'm dating, I'll plan a trip back there. Sort of marriage plans in reverse.

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