Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions. It is an ever-growing museum dedicated to relationships that ended, stories about love, break-ups, betrayals and all the stuff that goes along with it. People send various objects, letters, pieces of clothing etc. with a little story that stands behind it and that way share a part of their personal struggles and moments of happiness with the world. Museum of Broken Relationships is an original creative art project conceived by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2006. Its original permanent location was founded in Zagreb. In 2010 it won the EMYA Kenneth Hudson Award as the most innovative and daring museum project in Europe. It began as the creation of 2 Zagreb-based artists and former lovers, who wanted to pay tribute to unfortunate romance by exhibiting its inevitable remains, from the charming to the absolute scary (like the actual ax used to destroy a cheating husband’s furniture).
In 2011 the Museum won Europe’s esteemed Kenneth Hudson Award, established by the European Museum Forum, for its unique subject matter, with judges noting that the museum “encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the political, social and cultural circumstances surrounding the stories being told.”
Summer (June 1st – September 30th):
Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Winter (October 1st – May 31st):
Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Photo credit: Mare Milin / Museum of broken relationships Zagreb