Where your lover's stray socks and hair ties will live on forever.
When a relationship ends, you're often left with more than a broken heart. Sometimes you're left with enough odd socks, Murray's hair pomade, and John Legend mix CDs to fill a small storage unit. So what do you do with all of this romantic paraphernalia? Donate it to a museum.
Created by Croatian artists and ex-lovers Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, The Museum of Broken Relationships exhibit is a pop-up space now on display in Mexico City that features sentimental items from past relationships accompanied by descriptions of their significance for the former couple.
As Vistica notes, "When you find yourself alone, you feel sad and it's as if the whole world is crashing down on you. For us, talking about that and creating something other than sadness is a kind of creative act, and we invite people to participate," she said. "After our breakup this is the most beautiful thing we ever created."
"A size too small…but I didn't mind at all." – Zagreb, Croatia (2003-2005)
"I got this teddy bear for Valentine's. He survived on top of my closet in a plastic bag, because it wasn’t him who hurt me, but the idiot who left him behind." – Zagreb, Croatia (2002)
"The divorce day garden dwarf." – Ljubljana, Slovenia (20 years)
"After 18 years of marriage he left me for another woman; we officially divorced after our 25th wedding anniversary." – Maribor, Slovenia (1973-2000)
"Our goal was a happy home with many children. But Mother Nature did not deliver." – Berlin, Germany (1994-1997)
Images via Brokenships