Q&A: Co-founder Drazen Grubisic on the Museum of Broken Relationships
We are living proof that it can be done. You can transform a love relationship into a friendly relationship. It wasn't easy at beginning, and it takes a lot of understanding and tolerance, but it can be done.
How do people react when they walk through the museum?
That's the part I love the most. Some people have read about the museum, and they already know what to expect from the permanent display in Zagreb. But then there are the tourists who walk by, and they read the sign and start laughing and walk in thinking it's a funny thing. But then they walk out, and they have to sit and have coffee and talk about their experience. It makes you think.
Where do your donations come from?
We're quite small and private, and we're not encouraging people to bring things to us. We decided this is the best way to collect, and we travel quite bit. We just closed in Paris, and now we're here. In July, we go to Taipei, and then Amsterdam and Brazil.
Also, the nice part is to see how similar it all is wherever we go. It doesn't matter about religion, race, culture economic situation: It all comes down to people and feelings and those are mainly the same. Sure, there are stories between the lines, but overall, they are very much the same.
What would you say to encourage people to see the exhibit?
I think they should see it. If you are in a happy relationship, you'll feel even better about it. If you're in a broken one, you'll see that you're really not alone, that it's something everybody went through.
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