It is a space which encourages people from all over the world to donate objects that are reminders of their heartbreak

 

Closure is important especially when it comes to relationships. Where does lost love go? What happens to things that you leave behind? Do they become bitter reminders of a relationship gone sour which hold you back from new experiences? How do you let go?

The Museum of Broken Relationships, is the perfect answer. “Our societies acknowledge marriages, funerals and even graduation farewells, but deny us any formal recognition of the demise of a relationship, despite its strong emotional effect,” says a wall as soon as you enter the museum.

It is a space which encourages people from all over the world can donate objects that remind them of their relationship. People have been contributing to this museum for over a decade. After all, heartbreak is universal.

At the heart of its origin lies a personal story, that of a broken relationship between Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2006. It has since taken thousands of people on an empathetic journey around the world, challenging our ideas about heritage. 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.

So far there have been five submissions from India, two of which are on display in Zagreb. There are three ways in which people can contribute—after one of their donation calls in their city, mailing it to the museum and by uploading it virtually.

Here are some of our favourites. Check them out.

A grandmother’s memento of her love

Let’s just say it wasn’t compatible

The inter-state Indian lovestory

The divorce day garden dwarf

A book gift during a relationship

The caterpillar who lost a leg every time people who were in a long distance relationship met


All images belong to the museum of broken relationships.

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