There’s currently a travelling exhibition in Covent Garden called The Museum of Broken Relationships, and it’s by far the most engaging exhibition I’ve ever been to (if you don’t count the Dalí museum in Figueres).
The exhibition features objects after objects, love tokens that range from a pianoforte to a Jamaican dollar, to nasal spray. Each love token represents a failed relationship and comes with a little note from its donator, who explains the relationship and why it no longer is. Some notes are essays, others are 2 sentences.
Browsing the collection and reading these notes is like being part of someone else’s love story. Some of them ended after 10 years of marriage, others after a passionate summer month. It’s the lovers’s storytelling that’s the most captivating, although some of them could do with a spell check.
The idea behind the exhibition, which originated in Croatia, is that “the Museum offers the chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the Museum’s collection”. Since everyone can relate to love and relationships, you start thinking about your own lost loves and relationship failures. And that’s the strength of the collection.
Ironically, it was the Lovely Laura’s ex-boyfriend’s wedding day and she thought about their time together, which ended 2 years ago. Unlike other love stories, she was happy she’d be able to escape. I came to think about my long lost love too, and shared Laura’s sentiments. Sometimes it’s far better to let go.
The exhibition is on until September 4 and costs £3.50. Money better spent than a caramel frappucino at Starbucks.