Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia's capital of Zagreb

Baku, March 10, AZERTAC

Located near the centre of the Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb, the Museum of Broken Relationships is devoted to the relations hampered by breakups, bereavement, or other circumstances.

Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships houses one of the most peculiar collections in the world.

It contains everyday objects of sentimental value donated by people from all around the world, with each item accompanied by a personal story that contextualises its significance to its owner’s past relationship. These are, overwhelmingly, stories of love and loss, some funny and affectionate, but most melancholic, that offer some insight into the nature of a particular relationship and how it came to an end.

An enlightening journey through human emotions has become Zagreb’s most compelling attraction since opening to the public in October 2010.

The museum is the brainchild of artist Dražen Grubišić and festival producer Olinka Vištica, themselves a former couple caught unprepared by the aftermath of a love that failed to last. By collecting mementoes that sum up the experience of break-up, the duo have assembled a poignant and unique series of insights into the mysteries of the human heart.

Invitations from foreign galleries soon followed, and the ‘museum’ became a travelling exhibition, visiting places as diverse as Los Angeles (2015), Taiwan (2014) and Mexico City (2013). At each location members of the public contributed their own mementoes, swelling the museum’s collection further.

The Museum of Broken Relationships has become one of the Croatian capital’s bucket-list places, capturing the imaginations of the 400 visitors that pass through its doors daily.

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