Ahh, Valentines Day. I was actually at a wedding this February 14th, so my day was suitably filled with an optimistic hope and belief in all things heart-shaped. But for many, it's a day which can bring on unwanted feelings of loss and isolation.
When I saw this article about a conceptual art museum in LA which curates donated items that have become invested with feelings of loss, I thought it would be a bit of a gimmick. But the more I read, the more I was strangely moved.
By putting these items on display, the museum cuts right to the heart of what it is to love, to lose, and to mourn. In short, what it is to be human. A seemingly mundane collection in fact becomes a space to reflect on one of the few things that nearly everyone on earth can relate to. And any museum or gallery that can do that is surely on to something.
At the Museum of Broken Relationships in Hollywood, everyday stuff is exhibited as art along with each object's story of betrayal or loss. The result is a moving collection of heartbreak. One woman from San Francisco crammed her wedding dress into a pickle jar after her husband of five years left her.