Ever end a relationship feeling contrite, inadequate and unconfident, with more of your mate’s belongings than you know what to do with? You think to yourself, “Only me,” right? Well get over it! It’s happening to everyone… everywhere… and now there’s proof! Thanks to two Croatia-based artists— Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic— whose breakup resulted in an ironically genius creative collaboration, you can see first-hand how people around the world experience, and cope, with heartbreak. Permanently positioned in the baroque-style Kulmer palace in Zagreb, Croatia, the Museum of Broken Relationships is one oddly appealing sight to see, especially if you’re a sucker for rom-coms and find yourself wanting to know what happens after the credits have rolled, or want to feel better about the circumstances surrounding your own piteous breakup (or if you just happen to be in the vicinity).
“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 (brokenships.com).” Essentially, the museum displays [interesting and quirky] items collected throughout a failed relationship’s tenure, like pink furry handcuffs, an I love you Teddybear, a cluster of bras, or a vat of tears (as can be seen below).
Keeping with its travel exhibition beginnings, the Kenneth Hudson Award-winning museum [for most innovative museum in Europe] has taken up temporary residence in London’s lively Covent Garden neighborhood, which is convenient for those who can’t make it to the flagship in Croatia (a journey I stongly urge you to take, as it’s a magical place). Whether you’re still not over your ex, want to make yourself feel superior by scoffing at others’ artful coping mechanisms, or a fan of all things whimsical, do yourself a favor and check out this exhibit. You’re sure to walk away with a smile on your face. Admission is 20kn. Hours of operation are: Summer - 9am - 10:30pm; Winter - 9am - 9pm.