About this project
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BROKEN HEART? Do you own an object that won’t let you forget? Become a part of global emotional history!
In collaboration with the American Association of Museum’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Museum Expo, the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston will present an exhibition from the permanent collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships (MBR). The exhibition will feature detritus from failed relationships – be it a wedding dress, an “I Love You” teddy bear, or a set of fuzzy 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 and AAM conference attendees looking to exhibit their own love legacy. The exhibit will open at Blaffer Art Museum on Friday, May 20, and will be on view through June 4.
Whatever the motivation for donating personal belongings – be it sheer exhibitionism, therapeutic relief, or simple curiosity – people have embraced the idea of exhibiting their love legacy as a sort of a ritual, a solemn ceremony. 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. In the words of Roland Barthes in A Lover's Discourse: Every passion, ultimately, has its spectator... (there is) no amorous oblation without a final theater.
Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. Although often colored by personal experience, local culture and history, the exhibits presented here form universal patterns offering us to discover them and feel the comfort they can bring. Hopefully they can also inspire our personal search for deeper insights and strengthen our belief in something more meaningful than random suffering.
We are in need of money for installation costs in order to present these objects in the manner they deserve. Money raised will go directly to paying for pedestals, shelves, monitors, and mannequins, as well as transportation costs inherent in transporting exhibition materials throughout the city. The Museum of Broken Relationships would not exist without the hundreds of donated stories and objects from around the world, so perhaps it is appropriate that we now ask the world to help us make this exhibition possible.
If you would like to make a donation of an object to the Museum's exhibition in Houston or for their permanent collection, please visit one of the websites linked in our profile.