ZAGREB – MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, This Museum Will Touch Your Deepest Emotions
Imagine you enter a museum with nothing but a bunch of completely ordinary stuff in
it. Just everyday objects like a bunny, a lighter or a high-heel shoe, displayed on white
pedestals. But somehow each of these objects deeply moves you most intimately.
It’s the Museum of Broken Relationships – a museum that will take you on a journey
within the most intricate passages of the human soul.
We all had a love affair or two, gone wrong. We’ve all been hurt, disappointed and felt
neglected. We’ve all been mad, angry and devastated. Sometimes it hurts so much we just
can’t bear it anymore, and sometimes it turns us into a somehow better person. It all depends
on how we deal with it. And if you listen to advises of bad self-help journalism you will
probably end in loath and burning down the leftovers from your ex in a dreadful fashion.
Or you can share your grief with the world, putting out your message into the relics of
your broken relationship, to outline the universal states of humankind – love, compassion, and emotion.
The collection of airsickness bags, for instance, is hiding a subtle, though humorous,
commentary on long-distance relationships and the troubles these relationships are mostly
destined for. The note says:
A range of air sickness bags as a memento of a long-distance relationship. One Croatia
Airlines, one Lufthansa, one Hapag Lloyd Express and three German Wings bags. I think I
still have those illustrated safety instructions as well, ones showing what to do when the
airplane begins to fall apart. I have never found any instructions on what to do when a
relationship begins to fall apart, but at least I’ve still got these bags.” —Zagreb, Croatia.
Museum of Broken Relationships is an original creative art project conceived by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2006.
The idea was that the objects should be presented very simply, with a card underneath outlining the person’s story.
The innovative collection soon toured the world – Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Germany, Macedonia, the Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, and the USA.
Wherever it went, it gathered more and more contributions from residential donors. As an
example, in 2007 more than 30 objects were donated by Berliners alone during the Berlin exhibition.
The collection finally settled on a temporary location inside the 18th-century palace in Zagreb’s Upper Town in 2010.
The museum consists of 4.000 items, distributed over the space of several separate and thematic, all-white rooms.
Some visitors are even offered a hug and a handkerchief upon the end of their tour. So deep is the impact of the exhibition.
It’s an intimate experience in a public space, and that’s so rare.
Thanks to projects like the Museum of Broken Relationships, it seems like people are discovering new ways of dealing with love-wrecks.
Non-aggressive, non-resenting, non-hating ways.
Love is the universal state of humankind.
If we only learn how to share with the world.
Your CTC Team, S.J.