1. Who are you?
The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. The museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the permanent collection. Although often colored by personal experience, local culture and history, the exhibits presented here form universal patterns offering us to discover them and feel the comfort they can bring.
2. How did this begin?
Conceptualized in Croatia by an artist ex-couple, the Museum of Broken Relationships started in 2006 and became a permanent museum in Zagreb in 2010. This Los Angeles location is opening in the heart of Hollywood in May 2016.
3. How do I buy a ticket?
You can buy a ticket when you come in or book ahead!
4. Who can donate?
Anyone! You can be from anywhere and the relationship can be from any time.
5. Will my donation be exhibited anonymously?
Yes. Each exhibit is showcased with its title, the duration/dates of the relationship, city/country of origin and the accompanying story. Your personal information (name and surname, e-mail address, telephone number) can be accessed solely by the museum staff. Don’t worry, we guarantee absolute discretion.
6. Do I have to give my full name and surname?
Yes. By stating your full name and surname and signing the donation form you are giving your consent to unlimited display and potential reproduction and publication of your donation on all museum material.
7. Does the donation have to be a single object or can it be something else – a letter, a photograph, several different items, video or audio material, an e-mail..?
Our diverse collection imposes no restrictions. The choice and content of the donation
are entirely up to you. In case the donation is an extremely fragile, large or valuable
item (like a moped or a concert piano), you can share all your doubts and queries with us via e-mail and we will try to come up with a solution.
8. What exactly is “the story”?
The story, that is, the description is your own creation, your personal confession, the display caption accompanying the object you are entrusting us with. Be frank, withdrawn, furious, imaginative, witty or sad. Through your story you create the museum display – it is your stage. There are no restrictions regarding the style or the length of your text (it can be a single sentence, but we don’t recommend texts longer than a few standard pages). Since it is our duty to provide anonymity, the story must not contain full names or personal data of a third party or your own. Also, it must not be offensive or discriminatory on personal, sexual, racial, religious, national or ethnic grounds.
9. In which language should I fill in the donation form?
Since we express ourselves best and easiest in the language we use daily, we encourage you to write in your mother tongue. This allows for a fluent articulation of emotion and adds to the authenticity of your story. Our translators will do their best to provide a quality translation that reflects the spirit and style of the original text.
10. Will I be informed of the acceptance of my donation?
As a rule, we tend to accept all donations. Once your donation reaches our museum, our administrator will inform you of its arrival via email. The story accompanying the
exhibit shouldn’t be written as an application – we exhibit all stories in their original form without any intervention or censorship on our behalf. We do, however, retain the right to refuse a donation which we deem to be offensive or discriminatory on personal, sexual, racial, religious, national or ethnic grounds.
11. If and when will my donation be exhibited?
There is no rule regarding the exhibiting of donations. Once donated to the museum your donation becomes part of our collection. Exhibits featured in our current permanent or traveling displays, catalogues and other museum publications are chosen with regard to our current plans, specific themes and the size of the exhibition space. We would also kindly ask you to take into consideration that due to the considerable size of our collection we are able to annually exhibit only a portion of our collection. All of your stories are important to us and the fact that objective restrictions prevent us from exhibiting all of them by no means detracts from their value and importance.
12. Can I personally deliver the donation to the museum?
Yes, if your donation is of an unusual size or nature, contact us for arranged drop off during opening hours along with your signed form.
1e.What if I haven’t found the answer to my question?
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.