The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from failed loves, the Museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the Museum’s collection.
Whatever the motivation for donating personal belongings – be it sheer exhibitionism, therapeutic relief, or simple curiosity – people embraced the idea of exhibiting their love legacy as a sort of a ritual, a solemn ceremony. Our societies oblige us with our marriages, funerals, and even graduation farewells, but deny us any formal recognition of the demise of a relationship, despite its strong emotional effect. In the words of Roland Barthes in A Lover’s Discourse: “Every passion, ultimately, has its spectator… (there is) no amorous oblation without a final theater.”
Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. Although often colored by personal experience, local culture and history, the exhibits presented here form universal patterns offering us to discover them and feel the comfort they can bring. Hopefully they can also inspire our personal search for deeper insights and strengthen our belief in something more meaningful than random suffering.
Museum of Broken Relationships
10000, Zagreb, Croatia
+385 1 4851021
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.
Closed on Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter and All Saints' Day, on December 24th and 31st open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Adults: 30 kn
Pupils, students (full-time with ID), people with disabilities, seniors (65 and over): 20 kn
Groups of 15 persons or more: 20 kn per person