When in Zagreb, connect with world’s broken stories
Closure is an important word. As humans we are bound to witness blooming relationships as well as sad endings. But do we always find solace in the aftermath of a closed chapter?
Our society obliges us to recognize ceremonial marriage, graduation, funeral et al. But how does one deal with an emotional loss which cannot be undone? We usually cope with it through strong support systems or move on to the next best alternative which in many cases changes us forever. Many of us aren’t able to find meaning again and lose our paths. May be its time society creates a mechanism to deal with emotional turbulence for all fellow humans – one single platform.
Conceptualized by Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, Museum of Broken Relationships started as a travelling exhibition revolving around failed relationships and their ruins. This museum offers a chance to overcome emotional collapse through creation – by contributing to the Museum’s collection.
Located in the capital of Croatia – Zagreb, this museum has a charm like none other.
You might feel vulnerable stepping in, but once the door opens up for you – its all black and white. The grey emotions have matured to become real & you live the story of each article contributed by someone who has a story to tell. And you listen, learn and progress.
The first exhibit was a vinyl single record ‘If you go away’ by Terry Jacks that this lady would listen to on full volume during a teenage breakup with her boyfriend which eventually got resolved but their romance fizzled out & its after 40 years that she let it go by sending the same to the museum.
Another interesting one was a hamburger dog toy which says, “His dog left more traces behind than he did”.
A Caterpillar called ‘Timunaki’ with some legs missing reminiscence of the number of times this couple in a long distance relationship met with a pact of starting a life together on all legs being torn after every meeting – left the caterpillar half invalid as their relationship broke.
Then there was a crate – in which this couple from Manila used to carry items to sell in bazaars. It says, “Time between a relationship and work should not be put in a container.”
A ceramic rolling pin which belonged to a mother who would make gingerbread men with her 6 year old, contributed by this kid who held on to the memory of happy times with her mum in the kitchen when no one would acknowledge the separation & pain until one day when they reunited ! She says I let it go with the thought that now we are together so let the happy times roll.
No I wasn’t sobbing but could imagine each of those beautiful endings.
The white washed walls of this little museum with 4 exhibit rooms had this masterpiece of writing at the entrance on your left which completely heals you at the end of it all.
These lines are from Mary Oliver’s poetry In Backwater Woods –
“To live in this world, you must be able to do three things : to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the times comes to let it go.”