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There’s going to be a museum for your failed relationships

LA’s Museum of Broken Relationships will be filled with things donated by couples who’ve broken up

When you break up with someone, your biggest concern (aside from how best to steal your mutual friends) is usually, What do I do with all the stuff they gave me? Obviously, you’re going to want to keep all the expensive gifts, but what about the low-level stuff that meant something to you both once? The toy elephant they gave you when you moved into your new flat? The keyring they brought you back from Las Vegas? The customised card they made you for your first anniversary?

Of course, the correct answer to all of these things is, in the bin. Anyone who holds on to trinkets from their ex is weird, or not over them, or both. But what if there was another option? What if you didn’t have to throw away the detritus of your failed relationships? What if you could immortalise them in a museum instead?

LA Weekly reports that a Museum of Broken Relationships will be opening this May in the city. This isn’t actually the first museum of its kind, however. In 2010, Croatian artists Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišic opened the first museum in Zagreb, and have subsequently hosted exhibitions around the world. Their second permanent museum will be opening on Hollywood Boulevard in LA, featuring exhibits from the Croatian museum as well as more locally sourced relationship paraphenalia.

The Museum of Broken Relationships has put out a call for submissions: “If you’ve wished to unburden the emotional load by erasing everything that reminds you of that painful experience by throwing it all away – don’t. Give it to us. Submit your object to the Museum and take part in the creation of collective emotional history.”

The museum is aiming to host around 100 items, each of which will be accompanied by text explaining the significance of the item in the context of the relationship break-up. Ironically, the founders – Vištica and Grubišic – actually used to date, although it’s not known whether any of their relationship artefacts will feature in the museum. 

It’s rarely a museum concept comes about that I’m totally on board with, but on this one – I’m sold. It's so much more environmentally friendly then just throwing everything away, in any case. 

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