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Hurts So Good: The Museum of Broken Relationships Opens in Los Angeles

The U.S. welcomes a branch of the bittersweet Croatian museum.
Artfully arranged objects from doomed loves are displayed with their backstories.
Artfully arranged objects from doomed loves are displayed with their backstories.Museum of Broken Relationships, Los Angeles

In 2005, after four years together, film producer Olinka Vistica and artist Drazen Grubisic broke up. The Zagreb, Croatia, residents were trying to decide what to do with the detritus of their relationship—the silly little tchotchkes lovers give each other. They were both nostalgic about one object in particular: a small, wind-up bunny that had been an inside joke between them. When one would travel without the other, they would take it along and snap pictures of it in places they normally would have photographed the other.

“We were trying to think of a way to preserve this emotional heritage,” Grubisic told Westword in 2013. “So we thought, ‘Wouldn't it be great if there was a museum where you could keep those things, and they could tell your story in a way that will help you?’”