The Museum of Broken Relationships
Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects
By Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic
From the tiny museum that has become an international phenomenon comes a delightful, crowd-sourced gift book: a lively, poignant celebration of modern love
What to do with the fragments of a love affair?
A postcard from a childhood sweetheart. A wedding dress in a jar. Barbed wire. Silicone breast implants. Red stilettos, never worn. These objects and many others make up the inspiring, whimsical, sometimes bizarre, and always unforgettable population of the real-life Museum of Broken Relationships.
A decade ago, two lovers were struggling through their own painful breakup, desperate to heal their heartbreak without destroying the memory of the love they had shared. Then, an idea struck: they would create a communal space, a kind of refuge for - and cathartic celebration of - the everyday objects that had outlasted love. These items, along with the anonymous, intimate stories each piece represented, quickly captured hearts and imaginations across the globe. As word spread, the tiny museum became a worldwide sensation.
Collected here are 203 of the best, funniest, most heartwarming and thought-provoking pieces that offer an irresistible experience of human connection. The Museum of Broken Relationships is a poignant celebration of modern love - and a must-read for anyone who has ever loved and lost.
Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic are the co-founders of The Museum of Broken Relationships, which they formed when they split up. Olinka is an arts producer, born in Split, Croatia, and Drazen is a versatile visual artist from Zagreb, Croatia.
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16 Nov 2017
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Each photograph in this poignant collection is labelled with a note about the relationship it represents - from the flippant, to the sweetly melancholy to the downright savage - and hint at how that relationships came undone. Compelling and addictive. — Eithne Farry, THE SIMPLE THINGS