If you just got dumped, or dumped someone, visiting the Museum of Broken Relationships might be a good idea for you. It’s located in Croatia, and is dedicated to failed love relationships, exhibiting personal objects from former lovers accompanied with brief descriptions.
The museum was started by film producer Olinka Vištica and sculptor Dražen Grubišić. The two were former lovers who, after breaking up in 2003, joked about setting up a museum for their personal items. They tried to push through the idea seriously, and began setting up in 2006. They collected break up items from their friends and the museum was open to the public in Gliptotheque Zagreb
It became a hit in 2007, when it was hosted by the Kunsthaus Tacheles. They were even able to go on a tour to Argentina, Bosia and Heregovina, Germany, Macedonia, the Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States!
From its establishment up to 2010, the museum gathered more than 200,000 visitors, and collected items along the way. In the year 2007 alone, they received 30 objects from the Berlin exhibition.
In October 2010, the museum officially resided in Zagreb Upper Town after getting a generous funding from Vištica and Grubišić.
The Ex Axe (1995)
A Box made of Matches (2000)
This box is a wedding present Vlado gave to his wife Jelka. 18 years after the marriage, Vlado left Jelka for another woman. They got divorced after their 25th year. Jelka surprised him for their anniversary , ordered a cake and had the number 25 written on it. She also asked the pastry shop to cut in half.
Jelka sent the other half (with the 25) to Vlado, who was shocked to receive the cake but ate it anyway.
A Wedding Dress (1997)
This dress has a sad story behind it. The woman who wore it was married in 1994 where she had almost 800 guests. It was even covered by Greek magazines and by a radio station.
The marriage was built in a goal – form a home with many children.
However, they didn’t have children, and eventually, they broke up.
The Museum of Broken Relationships may not house the historical artifacts that changed the course of the world, and how humans lived in it, but it exhibits the story of human sorrow – particularly of the common people – and constantly reminds us that sometimes, we should put things in glass cases that are far from reach to move on.7
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