The idea was born in 2006, when Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić ended their relationship. It all started as a touring exhibition. Disappointed and hurt lovers could, when they were visiting it, donate a fragment of their finished relationship and short description (sometimes word or two, sometimes quite an extensive one) by which they created a bridge between the exhibited object and their pain, sorrow, anger, disappointment... As the exhibition toured a lot and as among us there are few who could not become a museum’s donor, the collection grew and overgrew a comfortable number of objects, suitable only for a touring exhibition. Permanent collection has been therefore opened in the Museum of broken relationships, located in Zagreb. In 2011 the Museum was awarded also European award Kenneth Hudson, for the most innovative European museum of that year.
Every relationship which we have is special. So is special every break of the relationship. And the objects reminding us on it and the words with which we describe it. Artificial breasts, that husband bought for his wife, because her (real) breasts were not exciting anymore for him, an axe with which a hurt mistress has chopped into pieces the furniture of her lover what left her. CDs, which were donated by lady in her sixties when she finished a relationship with her lover in thirties. Hundred Swedish Kroner, which left lover never needed anymore ...., flashing light which resembles on a heartbeat of a woman, who finished her life, one year after the relationship was finished, a recognition of the depth of love only when the loved person passed away because of AIDS....
Not so very far from Zagreb, in Istanbul, the Museum of Innocence was opened this year by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk and author of the novel with the same title in which he tells a love story and describes life in Istanbul between 1974 and early years of new century. In the museum objects that are exhibited were an inspiration for the novel and also that their purchase was inspired by the story.
The sequence of visits in these two museums is not prescribed.