New museum features relics of lost love in Museum of Broken Relationships

A postcard of the "Museum of Broken Relationships" held by the hands of a dummy lies on the desk for new donations 24 October 2007 at the Tacheles exhibition center in Berlin. BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images

Do you still have your ex’s sweater? Hairpins that are still popping up around your apartment years later? Maybe an old Metallica T-shirt?

Or maybe that mixtape of his favourite band that he spent three days making?

Well. The Museum of Broken Relationships might have a new use for all that “stuff.” The museum, opening its second location in Los Angeles, makes art displays from reclaimed relics of failed relationships.

The space is based upon a similar travelling exhibit first conceived by two artists in Zagreb, Croatia in 2006 that has since visited 33 cities in 21 countries according to The New York Times.

The newspaper described the museum as “interesting, to say the least.”

The two artists, Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, told Vice in an interview that they came up with the idea as a form of therapy after ending a four-year relationship.

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Some of the exhibits featured on the museum’s website include “a Box made of Matches” and a “Divorce Day Mad Dwarf.”

Visitors look at items presented during the opening of the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, on October 6, 2010. HRVOJE POLAN/AFP/Getty Images

Also featured is “an ex axe” which the contributor bought after his girlfriend “fell in love with someone else” and left on vacation.

“I was banal and asked about her plans regarding our life together. The next day she still had no answer, so I kicked her out. She immediately went on holiday with her new girlfriend while her furniture stayed with me. Not knowing what to do with my anger, I finally bought this axe at Karstadt to blow off steam and to give her at least a small feeling of loss – which she obviously did not have after our break-up,” the website reads.

“In the 14 days of her holiday, every day I axed one piece of her furniture. I kept the remains there, as an expression of my inner condition. The more her room filled with chopped furniture acquiring the look of my soul, the better I felt.”

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Anyone can contribute to the museum, according to the website, and all exhibits are displayed anonymously.

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