Museum of Broken Relationships
“The Museum of Broken Relationships” doesn’t paint the happiest picture and I had expected blood stained suicide notes accompanied with the song “Hurt” on repeat but I’m glad to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of the dungeon like room I had envisioned, it was all natural sunlight and bright wallpaper.
The museum first started in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Drazen Grubišić (try to pronounce that, I dare you!) to help comfort their friends over their lost love. The museum has just grown and grown with more donations as it travelled around the world to cities like Berlin, London, Croatia, Stockhom, Macedonia and San Francisco.
This is the first time for the museum to come to Ireland and some Kilkenny additions have already been added. Including a vibrator which described the relationship as having been a “scream”. Every item displayed is anonymous and has something written by the donater. It varies from paragraphs to just a few words. The items displayed would just appear to be rubbish but we are told the stories behind them. Some severed relationships had been twenty year long marriages while others had just been a couple of days.
The debris of a four year long relationship in Germany was a container filled with the tears of the broken hearted that intended to send it their ex to show their pain. I think this act would have just broken down the relationships even more but luckily they sent it to the museum instead!
Another one that stood out for me was the under-knee prosthesis from Croatia. The length of the relationship was just spring, 1992 and told the story of the war invalid falling for an ambitious social worker. I think it would have been a lot funnier if it was a guy who had fallen in love with a bear who had ripped his leg off but I can always dream…
Another addition from Kilkenny was a picture dedicated to the dead pets of a family over the years. I thought that swayed a little from the theme of the museum or maybe I have just never loved my pets as much as other people.
So whether you are blissfully in louvre, broken up or just enjoy other peoples’ pain, then check out the museum of broken relationships. It is open until the fourth of September and it is in the arts office on 76 John Street.
Check out more pictures from the Museum on flickr!