After circling the globe with over 40 temporary exhibitions and two permanent outposts in Zagreb and Los Angeles, the Museum of Broken Relationships has established yet another flagship display in the form of an interactive web app.
The museum currently boasts over 2,000 exhibits, many of which are truly peculiar. An axe used to chop up an ex’s furniture; a magnifying glass that was necessary to justify just how small one person felt next to their partner; even a small bottle containing tears someone cried after a breakup.
Regardless of motives, all items are remnants of relationships that came to an end. This unique blend of nostalgia, guilt, anger and affection is translated into a platform through which unfortunate souls can leave an online trail of their breakups.
Developed by Infinum, a design and development agency specialized in building creative digital products, the site is an online extension of the museum. It’s envisioned as an emotional platform for the global community of heartbroken individuals.
The digital crowd-sourced project dubbed Brokenships was initiated after museum co-founders caught themselves overwhelmed by all the items sent from all over the world. “Museum exhibits and stories are as varied as the reasons people end up together. The online platform serves the same purpose in a somewhat lighter tone. Users simply pin their break-ups to a world map, but can optionally elaborate with a story and a photo” explains one of the museum’s co-founders Drazen Grubisic.
Aside from posting virtual break-up pins, people are invited to donate physical tokens to be considered for permanent exhibition. “We are currently in the process of enlisting our entire collection, offering Brokenships visitors a chance to explore stories which we haven’t been able to exhibit as of yet”, says Grubisic. He goes on to explain how the platform also serves to communicate new exhibitions around the world.
The project is constantly evolving. With exhibitions recently in Pittsburgh, Copenhagen and Heidleberg, and a few more planned, the Brokenships online platform greets its visitors with a contemplative message: share your break-up story, lock it away or pin it on the global map of broken hearts just so you can remember – you are not alone.