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Croatia Hosts A ‘Museum For Broken Hearts’

From an amused Associated Press:

On Valentine’s day, a museum for broken hearts

DARKO BANDIC
February 14, 2012

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — What becomes of a garden gnome hurled in fury at a car during a stormy breakup?

Or a teddy bear that was once a Valentine’s Day present? A wedding dress from a marriage gone awry? An ax that smashed through household furniture?

All are on display at the Museum of Broken Relationships in the Croatian capital, each with written testimonies telling tales of passion, romance and heartbreak.

We supposed ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was already taken.

On Valentine’s Day, the museum sees its visits almost double.

"The objects that are here represent all the stages of a breakup … and how people go through love," said Drazen Grubisic, a designer and artist who co-founded the museum in 2010 in the Croatian capital.

"We might say it’s a love museum, just upside down," he said.

The mementos — collected from all over the world — are random and varied, ranging from fake rubber breasts to a cast from a broken leg. Each item comes with dates and locations of the relationships, and notes by their anonymous donors.

Some are funny. The note next to a garter belt says: "I never put them on. The relationship might have lasted longer if I had."

Some are bitter. The garden gnome flew over a car driven by a husband who turned "arrogant and heartless." It bounced on the asphalt, shattering its face.

"It was a long loop, drawing an arc of time … that defined the end of love," the note from Slovenia said.

An ax from Berlin was used by a woman to smash every piece of furniture her girlfriend had left behind. "The more the room filled with chopped furniture, (the more) I felt better."

Proving the truth of the adage, ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned by another woman.’

The text by a blue frisbee reads: "Darling, should you ever get the ridiculous idea to walk into a cultural institution like a museum for the first time in your life, you’ll remember me."

We looked at the photos of the exhibits, but didn’t see any of a golf club and an Escalade. — Come to think of it, you would think this museum could have filled a whole wing just with Tiger Woods memorabilia.

The museum, located just across from Zagreb’s City Hall where couples get married, currently displays some 100 "relics" out of about 1,000 that have been collected from around the world.

Only 1,000? They must not be trying very hard.

Parts of the collection have traveled as far as Manila, London and Singapore to be put on display. In each city, the heartbroken can donate their stuff to the Zagreb museum.

A prosthetic leg currently showcased in England at the National Centre for Craft and Design, was donated by a war veteran who fell in love with his physical therapist. A note says it lasted longer than the relationship because it was made of "sturdier material."

Imagine giving up your prosthetic leg just to make a point.

The museum itself is the brainchild of a breakup. When Grubisic and co-founder Olinka Vistica, a filmmaker, split up, they got stuck when it came to dividing their sentimental memorabilia. They didn’t want to just get rid of it, so they created a museum

If this idea ever catches on in the US, there will be more museums than fast food joints and nail salons.

But thankfully we have garage sales and landfills.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Croatia Hosts A ‘Museum For Broken Hearts’”

  1. This is a good thing. The sadness of the place is palpable and real, which means many couples on the edge might seek counseling instead of going down the breakup road. It’s almost always more painful than you think it will be, even when you have to do it.

  2. wirenut

    Nice picture Steve! At first I thought of the Lizzie Borden Museum\Bed & Breakfast.
    Never bring an ax to a chainsaw break-up! How Sweet! Happy Valentines Day to all!

  3. P. Aaron

    Hope it showcases the divorce of America from Obama.

  4. canary

    This is nothing compared to the horrors our children are forced to study in our public schools that I have kept track over for years. This year the worst.

    Of course Obama doesn’t want the “no child left behind” anymore. The classes aren’t teaching what the classes are teaching. They sneak in off the wall activities and propaganda, have the students write the most horror gory thing they can write. Did they forget the the V-Tech immigrant murderer’s English papers, where the teacher was so upset. Now they are giving students assignment to write disturbed things.

    I’m so glad I have the paper of gore and blood paper my son wrote with the “A” the teacher gave to include the gore assignment. The idea such things are in the hands of the government run schools is insane.

    • canary

      oh. And my son learned the rainbow symbol to give message if your gay. All the poems they learning.
      Don’t fix gays. Fix marriage.

      This slogan took me a while to see that it was not a sign a gay person is confused and troubled.

      “I just can’t think straight.”

      This means they are gay and can’t be straight.

      Obama had to do away with the “don’t hold a child back”!

      Because they’ve learned nothing since he became President. They’ve been tricked into classes listed as “core required” that aren’t, so they global warming, but not real science.
      They’ve learned that God is evil, and assignment after assignment that money is the root to all the evil!!!! The Schools are the Evil Ones Stealing our $$$$, our Children’s Souls & Brains, and Education. The Evil Schools Want More and More Money as they hold votes during the year, that people are not aware of in my town.


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