Broken Relationships

2002
Zagreb, Croatia
„I love you“ – WHAT A LIE! LIES, DAMN LIES! Yes, it's like that when you are young, naïve and in love. And you don't realize your boyfriend started dating you just because he wanted to take you to bed! 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.

If you have ever longed to nose about and see the remnants left behind from those relationships that have broken into nothing, now is your chance.

The Tristan Bates theatre in Covent Garden, is hosting the Museum of Broken Relationships, as of this month. The end of Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic’s relationship in Croatia blossomed an exhibition, which is something of a sensation worldwide now.

Relationships are funny things; it is not until they end that you marvel at what your relationship had been built upon. The exhibit shows materialistic memories from those whose relationships have failed. It gives a dark insight into what other people are never supposed to speculate of others relationships; the disgusting; in form of a nasal spray, keys that would have made someone light up inside, only to then, one day in the future, be again engulfed by darkness, a grand piano, which once stood for the effort that someone put into impressing the other – that effort is now most likely put into avoiding each other.

I think the sad thing about the exhibition is that it is missing what foremost makes up two people’s relationship with one and other; the smiles, the intimate moments, the confiding, the reliance, the emotional dependence. Relationships can not be shown in a number of objects, as without the emotion behind the objects, that is simply all they are; objects that used to belong to people, who may or may not have been, in love.

Until September 4. Information: 020 7240 6283, brokenships.com

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