Wed Jan 24,2018 18:00 pm

“Museum of Broken Relationships” is coming to Japan

Kaneko & Associates Japan K.K.

The one and only museum to exhibit “heartbreaks” “Museum of Broken Relationships” is coming to Japan for the first time on March 31, 2018 (Saturday) at 3331 Arts Chiyoda

Kaneko & Associates Japan K.K. is proudly introducing “Museum of Broken Relationships” for the first time in Japan from March 31 to April 14, 2018 at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. “Museum of Broken Relationships” was originated in Croatia, and the sole purpose of this museum is to treasure and share heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions.

Museum of Broken Relationships
Stories of “Goodbyes”

The essence of the “Museum of Broken Relationships” is a collection of items, each a heartbreaking memento of a past relationship, accompanied by a personal story of its anonymous contributor.
It is an original art project conceived by a couple who were in a relationship for 4 years. When their romance ended in 2006, they decided to exhibit their mementos and stories rather than keeping their bittersweet memories only in their hearts. So, this is how a museum in a small container truck first started.
Since then, the idea of sharing stories of “Goodbyes” quickly spread around the world, and the museum has travelled 45 cities in 29 countries.
Because many of the exhibited items are related to “romantic” heartbreaks, the museum has been known in Japan as “Shitsuren Hakubutsukan” (literally means “lost love museum”). However, considering the fact that lovers, families, friends, business relationships, or even countries are all a form of “relationship”, we thought it was more appropriate to name it “Wakare no Hakubutsukan” (literally means “Goodbye museum”).

Every exhibited item and story at the museum is
donated by ordinary people like you.

What’s exhibited at the “Museum of Broken Relationships” are not some work of famous artist or historically valuable pieces of art.
They are things that were used in everyday life, given as a gift, or were cruelly left behind by loved ones. Each “thing” is a definite evidence of one’s existence as well as a heartbreaking “Goodbye” one has experienced.
Every item that was donated to the museum is carefully and respectfully gone through and selected by the originators of the museum for the exhibition.

"We are excited to have this opportunity to introduce the Museum of Broken Relationships for the first time to the audience in Japan. We are deeply honored that the collection of objects and stories from people across the world will since this April tell the stories of love and loss, the impermanence, the sorrows and the joy of life as experienced by Japanese people. We believe that through telling and sharing these stories we can find consolation, relief and true companionship of fellow humans."

Museum of Broken Relationships
Olinka Vištica
Drazen Grubišic

Abolished school as a museum
3331 Arts Chiyoda

 The exhibition will take place at the main gallery of an abolished middle school made into a museum, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, in Chiyoda ward. Known as a new hub for cultural and creative art projects, the museum is facilitated with Art Galleries, Offices, and Cafés.
With so many good and sad “Goodbyes” that the school must have witnessed, we feel that this gallery is just perfect for the concept of the “Museum of Broken Relationships”.

European Museum of the Year Awards
Kenneth Hudson Award
The “Museum of Broken Relationships” received the European Museum of the Year Awards 2011 with a worthy winner of the “Kenneth Hudson Award”. The Award goes to “a museum, person, project or a group of people who have demonstrated the most unusual, daring and, perhaps, controversial achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in society.”

The “Museum of Broken Relationships” contains “the importance of public quality and innovation as fundamental elements of a successful museum. The Museum of Broken Relationships encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the political, social and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being told. The museum respects the audience's capacity for understanding wider historical, social issues inherent to different cultures and identities and provides a catharsis for donors on a more personal level.”

【Event Overview】
Museum of Broken Relationships 〜 Stories of Goodbyes
[Date] March 31 – April 14, 2018
[Place] 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Main Gallery (6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
[Price] Adult 1,300 yen/ University Students 1,000 yen/ Junior&Senior High School Students 500 yen/
Elementary School Students and below Free
[Sponsor] Kaneko & Associates Japan
[Support] Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

【About Kaneko & Associates Japan】
[Company] Kaneko & Associates Japan
[Representative] Nobuyoshi Kaneko
[Address] Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Terrace 6F, 6-15-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
[Business Contents] Executive Human Resource Strategic Consulting

【Contact Info.】
MoBR Japan Executive Committee
(Within Kaneko & Associates Japan)
Contact  Chikayo Oyamori, Michiko Nilsson