Museum of Broken Relationships

In collaboration with the American Association of Museums and the Blaffer Art Museum

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BROKEN HEART?  Do you own an object that won’t let you forget? Here’s your chance to give it a perfect new home!  The Museum of Broken Relationships seeks your donation.  Become a part of global emotional history!

In collaboration with the American Association of Museum’s 2011 Annual Meeting & Museum Expo, the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston will present an exhibition from the permanent collection of the Museum of Broken Relationships (MBR).  The exhibition will feature detritus from failed relationships – be it a wedding dress, an “I Love You” teddy bear, or a set of fuzzy handcuffs – donated to the museum by people from around the world. Objects from the permanent collection will be on view alongside ephemera offered by Houstonians and AAM conference attendees looking to exhibit their own love legacy. The exhibit will open at Blaffer Art Museum on Saturday, May 21, and will be on view through June 4.

HOUSTON COMMUNITY – WE NEED YOUR STUFF!

To donate your object, please complete the following steps:

  1. Visit www.brokenships.com
  2. Click on “SEND YOUR EXHIBIT”
  3. Submit your completed Intent to Donate Form online
  4. Print out your Donate Form (it will be emailed to you) and bring it with your object in person to the Blaffer Art Museum

Blaffer Art Museum will be accepting donations between April 26 – May 13, from 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesdays – Fridays. 

 All objects donated in Houston will be on display for the duration of the exhibition.  All objects are exhibited anonymously and are non-returnable. 

 AAM ATTENDEES – WE NEED YOUR STUFF!

If you will be attending AAM’s Annual Meeting, we’d love to have you bring something with you to Houston to contribute to the museum and exhibition. We are accepting donations on SUNDAY, MAY 22 from 9 am – 5 pm in the AAM 2011 Annual Meeting Volunteer Office at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Room 340AB).

 If you plan on bringing something with you to Houston, please complete the following steps BEFORE APRIL 15:

  1. Visit www.brokenships.com
  2. Click on “AAM DONATIONS”
  3. Submit your completed Intent to Donate Form online by April 15
  4. Print out your Donate Form (it will be emailed to you) and bring it with your object on Sunday, May 22 between 9 am and 5 pm to the AAM 2011 Annual Meeting Volunteer Office at the George R. Brown Convention Center (Room 340AB).

 All objects donated by AAM attendees will be on display at Blaffer Art Museum beginning Tuesday, May 24.  All objects are exhibited anonymously and are non-returnable.

 Experience MBR during AAM

A shuttle will transport AAM conference attendees to the Blaffer Art Museum to see the exhibit on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 24 (exact time TBD).

 Then, attendees are encouraged to attend the AAM Annual Meeting session about the MBR, which is entitled Emotional Collection, Universal Collections: Lessons from the Museum of Broken Relationships and scheduled for Wednesday May 25 from 9 – 10:15 am.

 About the Museum of Broken Relationships

Conceptualized in Zagreb, Croatia, by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, after the couple ended their own romantic relationship in 2006, the Museum of Broken Relationships was established by the two to create a space of protected remembrance where the material and nonmaterial heritage of broken relationships can be witnessed, and where these experiences can move beyond the individual into a universal understanding. 

 Now a permanent museum in Zagreb as well as a traveling event, MBR collects and presents anonymous objects and stories in communities around the world. Used as a strategic tool for reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia, MBR’s exhibits – the tragic and war-torn, the simple, sexy, silly and downright hilarious – strike chords of understanding, healing and universal connection in all corners of the globe, from South Africa to the Philippines, Ireland to Singapore and beyond. As the New York Times noted, MBR offers “a poignant trail of broken hearts, all on display.”

For more information, please contact info@brokenships.com

 –Selene Foster, Lois Silverman & Jeff Bowen


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