Do you love to visit museums when you’re away? What’s the weirdest museum you’ve ever been to? This is the third in the new Travel Society series about the weirdest, wackiest, funniest and most amazing museums in the world.
The third part to our series is a museum in Zagreb, Croatia— The Museum of Broken Relationships.
The Museum of Broken Relationships was originally a travelling exhibition. The museum offers a chance to overcome emotional collapse through creation by donating personal belongings. Each belonging has a significant story to one’s heart. Some stories are funny, sad and just plain cruel. The idea of exhibiting an item that once captured a time of love in your life is both empowering and weird at the same time. Though the museum has a strange concept— it’s actually quite entertaining!
One of the exhibits features a story called “An Ex Axe,” and is definitely worth a read:
She was the first woman that I let move in with me. All my friends thought I needed to learn to let people in more. A few months after she moved in, I was offered to travel to the US. She could not come along. At the airport we said goodbye in tears, and she was assuring me she could not survive three weeks without me. I returned after three weeks, and she said: “I fell in love with someone else. I have known her for just 4 days, but I know that she can give me everything that you cannot.”
I was banal and asked about her plans regarding our life together. The next day she still had no answer, so I kicked her out. She immediately went on holiday with her new girlfriend while her furniture stayed with me. Not knowing what to do with my anger, I finally bought this axe at Karstadt to blow off steam and to give her at least a small feeling of loss – which she obviously did not have after our break-up.
In the 14 days of her holiday, every day I axed one piece of her furniture. I kept the remains there, as an expression of my inner condition. The more her room filled with chopped furniture acquiring the look of my soul, the better I felt. Two weeks after she left, she came back for the furniture. It was neatly arranged into small heaps and fragments of wood. She took that trash and left my apartment for good. The axe was promoted to a therapy instrument.
The exhibition is located in the beautiful baroque Kulmer palace in the Upper Town— a historical part of Zagreb rich in tourist attractions.