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Meet Alexis Hyde of Museum of Broken Relationships in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Hyde.

Alexis Hyde has been a vocal and passionate proponent, participant and ally of the Los Angeles art scene for over a decade. Hyde’s left brain/right brain background prepared her well for her first art world challenge, sourcing metals for a Carl Andre sculpture show and she was hooked. Cutting her teeth at such institutions as Doug Aitken’s studio and Richard Meier & Partners, she is no stranger to the unprecedented and truly Los Angeles. In addition, she is also known for her writing and curating online and IRL for projects with Spike Jonze’s film I’m Here, Ann Taylor, HaHaMag, Hyperallergic, and ArtShareLA.

Joining the opening Los Angeles branch of Museum of Broken Relationships in the role of Director was a natural and exciting continuation. In this position, she oversees all operations as well as curation of this exciting new museum. She is happy to have built what will surely be an exciting new part of the dynamic cultural landscape of Los Angeles.

Museum of Broken Relationships – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Museum of Broken Relationships explores broken love and other human relationships – what they mean to us, what they tell us about what we share and how we can learn and grow from them. It is composed of objects donated anonymously by members of the public from all over the world. Each exhibit is an object (some of them ordinary, some of them extraordinary) and a story, which together recount a watershed event in someone’s life.

The exhibits reflect the full range of human emotions. Some are sad; but many are amusing and hopeful and remind us that people change, grow and recover. Love relationships may end; relationships with family members, business partners, cities, religions and even with our former selves may end. But we learn and move on. The dislocation of a broken relationship may be isolating, but the experience is universal. No one is alone in this.

Most people have kept some object, memento or souvenir somewhere that, because of its meaning, they do not want to throw away. The Museum is always accepting donations. Giving it to the Museum provides a donor with an opportunity to tell their story anonymously and share it with others. The reasons for doing so may range from therapeutic relief to simple closure.

The Museum’s concept was born when an artist ex-couple in the midst of their own breakup wondered what people did with objects that had been meaningful in their relationships. In 2006 they had their first exhibit and the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. They opened their permanent museum in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
When someone leaves the exhibition feeling better, more courageous about their future dealings with other people, or feel less alone, then I know I’ve done my job.


  • $18 General
  • $15 Students, Seniors, Military

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Courtesy of the Museum of Broken Relationships Los Angeles

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