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Museum of Broken Relationships Review

Steff Lever discovers where past relationships go to die

Written by . Published on September 2nd 2011.

Museum of Broken Relationships Review

THE Tristan Bates Theatre is the temporary home to the award winning and internationally renowned exhibition, the Museum of Broken Relationships, originally created in Zagreb, Croatia. The ‘museum’ hosts simple but poignant objects, which are accompanied by their own individual stories of love and past relationships. There are a mixture of various objects like a teddy bear, bike and piano, as well as a multitude of other intriguing items, which take us on a journey of love lost and broken relationships.


The Museum of Broken Relationships spans two locations within London’s Covent Garden: the Tristan Bates Theatre and 38 Earlham Street. Both spaces include permanent objects in the collection, and it includes temporary objects, which are newly donated by the community that are living and working in Covent Garden. This adds a personal touch when we walk through the exhibition, wherein each object is intended to communicate to us a story of lost love. The community contributions that are made to the museum, offer us all the chance to overcome emotional sadness of the past through the creation and reflection related to an individual object. We can donate personal items for whatever motivation and it is certainly an aspect of this exhibition that we find to be very unique. Never would we see again a space with so many different objects with one collective meaning.

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Originally established in Croatia, the museum has toured internationally giving us a real sense of multiculturalism. The exhibition is mainly coloured by personal experience and history. Whilst walking around the exhibition space, a feeling of loss and sadness is to be felt through each of the stories told; it is definitely more of a reflection of relationships gone wrong rather than any kind of celebration. The exhibition aims to inspire us, and to search for deeper insights when reflecting upon our own past relationships.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is in London until the 4th September. For more information visit www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

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