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L.A. Is Getting Its Own Museum of Broken Relationships

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Live in California? Instead of stuffing the photographs, gifts, and letters from your last relationship into a box and shoving it underneath your bed, consider donating them to Los Angeles’s new Museum of Broken Relationships.

It’s modeled after the similarly named flagship museum in Croatia, which was founded by two artists, Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić. Three years after their 2003 breakup, the duo pooled together the sentimental items left over from their romance and solicited friends for their own mementos from past love affairs. Eventually, the collection grew into a touring exhibit of donated objects from around the world. In 2010, the assortment of memorabilia became a permanent attraction in Zagreb.

According to LAist and L.A. Weekly, the new Museum of Broken Relationships will open at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard in May. It will showcase 70 relics from the Zagreb museum, along with 30 items provided by lovelorn locals. While no two objects are alike, each one will be presented alongside its place of origin and an explanation of its significance. The keepsakes typically run from the mundane to bizarre; aside from the typical rings, presents, and clothing items, unusual contributions have included air sickness bags from a long distance relationship, an axe that one boyfriend used to chop up his girlfriend’s furniture after she fell in love with someone else, and a candy thong.

Want to tell the story of your own broken relationship? Fill out a form to donate mementos online. (Don’t worry, your real name won’t be shared with anyone but museum staff.) For more news, check out the museum's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

[h/t LAist]

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The 'David Bowie Is' Exhibition Is Coming to Your Smartphone
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"David Bowie is," an exhibition dedicated to the life, work, and legacy of the pop icon, concluded its six-year world tour on July 15. If you didn't get a chance to see it in person at its final stop at New York City's Brooklyn Museum, you can still experience the exhibit at home. As engadget reports, the artifacts displayed in the collection will be recreated in virtual and augmented reality.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, the curator of the exhibit, and the David Bowie Archive are collaborating with Sony Music Entertainment and the sound and media studio Planeta on the new project, "David Bowie is Virtual." Like the physical exhibition, the digital experience will integrate visual scenes with the music of David Bowie: 3D scans will bring the musician's costumes and personal items into the virtual sphere, allowing viewers to examine them up close, and possibly in the case of the outfits, try them on.

"These new digital versions of ‘David Bowie is’ will add unprecedented depth and intimacy to the exhibition experience, allowing the viewer to engage with the work of one of the world’s most popular and influential artists as never before," the announcement of the project reads. "Both the visual richness of this show and the visionary nature of Bowie and his art makes this a particularly ideal candidate for a VR/AR adaptation."

"David Bowie is Virtual" will be released for smartphones and all major VR and AR platforms sometimes this fall. Like the museum exhibition, it will come with an admission price, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.

[h/t engadget]

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Your New York City Library Card Now Gets You Free Admission to 33 Museums and Cultural Sites
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Your New York City library card is good for more than checking out books and downloading music. Starting this summer, your card will get you free admission to 33 cultural institutions around the city, The New York Times reports.

New York's public library system is rolling out its Culture Pass program in an effort to make the city's world-renowned museums and cultural centers more accessible to residents. As long as you have a card from the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, or the Queens Library systems, you can visit Culturepass.nyc and use your card number to reserve a ticket. Participating organizations include the the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, Wave Hill, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum.

Some of the locations on the list are already free without the suggested donation, but others can get pricey. The Museum of Modern Art, for example, costs $25 for adults. Using Culture Pass does come with a few catches: Passes are limited, so if you wait until the last minute you may not be able to reserve one for your preferred day. Cardholders also can only use Culture Pass once per year at each institution, but depending on where they go they can make the most of it: At some organizations like the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a pass is good for entry for up to four guests.

New York isn't the only area that offers free museum tickets to anyone with a library card. Members of public library systems in SeattleNew Jersey, and Los Angeles County, and kids in Chicago, can take advantage of similar programs. And even if your library card can't get you into cultural institutions, it can likely get you other perks you may not be aware of.

[h/t The New York Times]

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