Tuesday, 13 January 2009

No Happily Ever After

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl get together. Boy and girl split up. In real life, there is no happily-ever-after guarantee. Sad but true.

So, what do you with the detritus of a failed romance: dump ‘em or keep ‘em? Or, better yet, turn ‘em into art. The Museum of Broken Relationships, part of this year’s M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, is a quirky traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. The collection of love artefacts from failed relationships, which include contributions from ordinary folks, highlight the symbolism of love tokens and how these items contain the memories and passions of past relationships.

By exhibiting these memory-filled objects, Croatian artists Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic hope to create a space for “secure memory” and “protected remembrance” through the preservation of our collective scarred emotional history. The artefacts displayed include photos, a bicycle and handcuffs. Intrigued? Head down to the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, perchance to resolve some still-lingering emotional baggage of your own. Singapore is the first Asian stop for the exhibition, which has already been showcased in Croatia, London and Berlin.
(Exhibition ongoing, until Jan 18. Admission is free.)

Available at:
Museum of Broken Relationships
Level 2
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
1 Esplanade Drive
For details, log onto
www.esplanade.com, or www.singaporefringe.com


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