Museum of Broken Relationships from the blog...
Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships is unique. Well, it was unique - but as of Saturday June 4, this most quirky attraction has seen its very first franchise open in Los Angeles. Since Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić founded it in 2006, the Museum of Broken Relationships has become one of the Croatian capital’s bucket-list places, capturing the imaginations of the 400 visitors that pass through its doors daily. The concept is strange but simple: the exhibits are relics from relationships that, in one way or another, have ended. It might be a postcard from a long-distance lover, or the favourite outfit of a late mother. They were all submitted by members of the public, they all tell a story about loss – and most of them can make the most cynical visitor shed a silent tear. A forward-thinking tourist called Mr John B. Quinn is behind the museum’s American venture. Quinn, a businessman and co-founder of one of America’s leading attorney offices, visited the museum while holidaying with his family last year. He was inspired: everyone could relate to this museum because everyone, so he told the Wall Street Journal, had experienced some sort of relationship. Within a few days a spark had become a solid plan, and he set to work creating the LA franchise. One year and over a million dollars of invested money later, it opened. As it stands, 300 donated items are on display in a space of roughly 1,000 square metres. We’ve yet to see if it will be a success, but if it’s to
Each week, we feature an exhibit from the collection at the Museum of Broken Relationships. The museum, based in Zagreb (and now LA, too) displays items submitted by members of the public; each tells a personal story about a relationship that has ended. This week's item is a charming list from a besotted soul, convincing their loved one to stay: A list of 10 reasons to stay 3 week relationship, December 2011 London, UK I met her at the beginning of December, not wanting anything serious and definitely not looking for a girlfriend. After constant contact I knew that she was something special, and the thought of her returning to Australia on 29th December was not something I was looking forward to. So I wrote the list, but forgot to include number 11: These feelings don't happen to me often. 10 Reasons to stay in the UK (in no particular order): 1. Alton Towers - is quite good 2. Europe is like 2 mins away, Italy, Portugal, Spain – mmmm... food 3. My hair goes really frizzy in the heat 4. I've heard that Australia is going to be swept away by wind in a couple of months anyway 5. I can't afford to post your (numerous) love letters to Australia and also I would feel less guilty about my carbon footprint if you were a bit more local 6. Lately, I've been finding more money than usual on the streets of London 7. I'll cook for you naked a lot 8. If you'd prefer I could keep my clothes on at all time (save embarrassment) 9. I think that Australia's music scene has never
Each week, we feature an exhibit from the collection at the Museum of Broken Relationships. The museum, based in Zagreb (and now LA, too) displays items submitted by members of the public; each tells a personal story about a relationship that has ended. This week's item is a semi-amputated toy caterpillar: A caterpillar “TIMUNAKI” 2 year relationship Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina I had this big, truly big love, a long-distance relationship, Sarajevo – Zagreb. It lasted for 20 months. Of course, we dreamt of a life together and, with that in mind, I bought this huge caterpillar. Every time we would see each other we would tear off one leg. When we ran out of legs to tear, that would be the time to start a life together. But, as is often the case with great loves, the relationship broke and so the caterpillar did not become a complete invalid after all.