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Op-ed: Museum of Broken Relationships

By Joie Maccarone     Oct 24, 2007 in World
Failed relationships can leave you with enough heartache to fill a museum. And that is just what happens to be displayed at Berlin's exhibition of "The Museum of Broken Relationships."
Have you ever wondered what to do with the pain, which is left behind by a torn relationship?
Instead of seeking the help of a therapist, you might want use a more creative and cathartic way of dealing with the refuse.
In Berlin, you can visit The Museum of Broken Relationships. It's organzier Zvonimire Dobrovic says, "It is such a nice, simple idea, because everyone can relate to it."
The interesting thing about this museum is, that it is not viewed as being pretentious and in fact, it is rather interactive. Those who choose to partake in this event, can throw in any memorabilia, which reminds them of the pain they’ve been enduring. They can also describe exactly why their chosen particular object has so much meaning.
Some guests have thrown their heartache into the mix by donating such mementos as a wedding gown. And where else but in Germany would someone donate an axe? (OK, Italy.)
Apparently, one guest who decided to partake in the event explained why she took an axe to her ex’s furniture. "The more her room filled up with chopped up furniture, the more I started to feel better. Two weeks after she was kicked out she came to take the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and fragments of wood."
This is just one of the more gruesome stories. Anyone who wishes to take part in this event, might find it healing to cast away any haunting objects which are reminiscent of their tormented and brutal relationships. And they are welcome to describe exactly why and how that particular object has such an enormous affect on them.
Not surprisingly, according to Mr. Dobrovic, the exhibition comes quite alive when their sorted tales accompanies these objects. He said, "People really enjoy being here, we get couples who spend a long time here, looking and laughing and hoping it never happens to them, and then people who've just broken up who want to tell us their stories.
If you miss Berlin’s exhibition, you might catch up to it in Belgrade, Skopje or Stockholm. There are also plans for possible future exhibits to be shown at Tokyo, New York Sao Paulo.
Should the "Museum of Broken Relationships" ever come to Toronto, I would gladly throw my ex into the mix and let him explain why he hurt me so much!
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