The Museum of Broken Relationships

Art of our times, from the University of Houston:

For two weeks this May, Blaffer Art Museum presents an exhibition from the permanent collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships. In collaboration with the American Association of Museum’s 2011 Annual Meeting, which is being held in Houston May 22 – 25, 2011, the exhibition will feature detritus from failed relationships – be it a wedding dress, an “I Love You” teddy bear, or a set of fluffy handcuffs – donated to the museum by people from around the world. Objects from the permanent collection will be on view alongside ephemera offered by Houstonians looking to exhibit their own love legacy. Conceptualized in Zagreb, Croatia, by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, after the couple ended their own romantic relationship in 2006, the Museum of Broken Relationships was established by the two to create a space of protected remembrance where the material and nonmaterial heritage of broken relationships can be witnessed, and where these experiences can move beyond the individual into a universal understanding.

via Blaffer Art Museum :: Exhibitions :: Museum of Broken Relationships.

Then follows a description of how people can donate their souvenirs from failed relationships–fluffy handcuffs?–to the museum.  This reminds me of T. S. Eliot and his poems on love in the wasteland.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Tom Hering

    Is the main exhibit a 6,000-year-old apple core?

  • Tom Hering

    Is the main exhibit a 6,000-year-old apple core?

  • SKPeterson

    I don’t think Adam and Eve had a failed relationship, except with God, so in some sense I guess you are right Tom – all broken relationships derive from that Original broken relationship.

  • SKPeterson

    I don’t think Adam and Eve had a failed relationship, except with God, so in some sense I guess you are right Tom – all broken relationships derive from that Original broken relationship.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    How about Caesar and Brutus?

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    How about Caesar and Brutus?

  • Orianna Laun

    “That is not it at all,
    That is not what I meant, at all.”

  • Orianna Laun

    “That is not it at all,
    That is not what I meant, at all.”

  • Anonymous

    Museums need background music too. I sense a lot of country music, early 80′s John Denver, and Sinatra saloon songs.

  • Anonymous

    Museums need background music too. I sense a lot of country music, early 80′s John Denver, and Sinatra saloon songs.

  • Pete

    “Everything’s Broken”. Bob Dylan (from “Oh Mercy”)

  • Pete

    “Everything’s Broken”. Bob Dylan (from “Oh Mercy”)

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    It’s striking that there is an actual museum for this in Croatia. It must be a major tourist attraction. (Or perhaps Croatia has not quite caught on about the tourism industry.) This is giving me the idea for other possible museums, the subject of a later blog post!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    It’s striking that there is an actual museum for this in Croatia. It must be a major tourist attraction. (Or perhaps Croatia has not quite caught on about the tourism industry.) This is giving me the idea for other possible museums, the subject of a later blog post!

  • DonS

    Hmm, SKP @ 2, certainly it does not appear as if Adam and Eve’s relationship failed over the Garden disobedience, but I’ll sure bet they had some lively arguments about it.

  • DonS

    Hmm, SKP @ 2, certainly it does not appear as if Adam and Eve’s relationship failed over the Garden disobedience, but I’ll sure bet they had some lively arguments about it.

  • SKPeterson

    @DonS – Yes! Imagine the conversations. “If only you had …” That’s another outcome – the regrets found in the simple “If only”.

  • SKPeterson

    @DonS – Yes! Imagine the conversations. “If only you had …” That’s another outcome – the regrets found in the simple “If only”.

  • helen

    Pete @ 6
    Song from Moulin Rouge… Percy Faith

  • helen

    Pete @ 6
    Song from Moulin Rouge… Percy Faith

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