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The Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships is a physical and virtual space created with the aim to share breakup stories and their objects. Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišic: ''It is a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose.''

The Museum of Broken Relationships is an art project set up by the film producer Olinka Vištica and the artist Dražen Grubišic in 2006. Olinka and Dražen spent four years together and thought during their breakup to preserve the good memories and objects of their relationship. They wrote an essay about an imaginary museum of love and memory.

Later they created an installation based on that essay. They asked their friends to contribute stories and objects for their first installation. 46 exhibits were shown at the 41st Zagreb Salon in 2006.

From there, the Museum of Broken Relationships turned into a travelling exhibition. In 2010, the museum opened its doors to the public in Zagreb. In 2016, John B. Quinn founded the Los Angeles branch of the museum in the heart of Hollywood.

The Museum of Broken Relationships - Zagreb.
The Museum of Broken Relationships - Los Angeles

Here is a selection of stories you find in the museum:

An Exe Axe, Berlin
A gingerbread cookie, Chicago, Illinois
A postcard, Yerevan, Armenia
Packet of gastritis tablets - CONTROLOC, Vinkovci, Croatia

More stories:

To visit the current UK installation visit York. The York Castle Museum brings the exhibition to Britain from the 22 March 2019 - 22 March 2020. The York exhibition is not looking only at relationships between people but also between countries, a hot topic in the times of Brexit.

The York Exhibition

Those who cannot travel to York have a look at the book: Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects on your bookshelf.

To share your breakup stories in the virtual space add your break-up place and your story:

Swillens, I. (12/10/2019 17:00). The Museum of Broken Relationships.
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