When love fails, it’s best to erase all memories of the hurt it’s left behind, including the objects that remind us of the person who broke our heart. Or so says the 2004 Michel Gondry film, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
In 2010, the Death Bear in Brooklyn, NY, became an answer to that need, promising to come — in full bear costume — and take away the cast-offs of people’s failed relationships: a photo frame, car keys, a mixtape, even underwear.
And starting today, The Museum of Broken Relationships at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London is putting some 100 of artifacts of love affairs cut short on display.
Started in Croatia in 2006, the project has a permanent home in Zagreb and has visited Berlin, Istanbul and the Philippines, among other places, on its journey around the world. The traveling exhibit uses objects from the museum's permanent collection along with donations from local people.
While submissions are anonymous, captions below the artifacts list the relationship's length, date and location.
The museum's Web site tells those who donate that it “offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation.”
“Our societies oblige us with our marriages, funerals, and even graduation farewells, but deny us any formal recognition of the demise of a relationship, despite its strong emotional effect.”
The museum also quotes French literary theorist Roland Barthes, who wrote in “A Lover's Discourse”: “Every passion, ultimately, has its spectator... (there is) no amorous oblation without a final theater.”
(Via Good Magazine.)
See photos from the museum’s collection below: