The Cabinet Of Animosities

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The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb exhibits objects left behind at the end of love affairs. Everyday things: the shared belongings, mementos and gifts that are no longer wanted - or are wanted too much.

In this audio-guide for radio, Cathy FitzGerald takes a tour of its woebegone collection and meets the broken-hearted lovers who have donated objects from all around the world. Tales of love won and lost, told through the things we give, the things we treasure, and the things we fling at one another when it all goes wrong.

Produced by Cathy FitzGerald and Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4.

Love stories from the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb with Cathy FitzGerald.

Cathy FitzGerald explores an ususual museum - The Museum of Broken Relationships.

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia has one of the most unusual collections in the world.

It exhibits objects left behind at the end of love affairs… shared belongings, mementos and gifts.

Donors part with these talismans for many different reasons, from exhibitionism and grief to simple curiosity.

The Museum’s founders, Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, believe the act gives individuals a way to formally mark a break-up.

We have rituals for most significant life events – marriages, funerals, graduation ceremonies – but until now, nothing to recognise the end of a relationship.

In this playful and surprisingly hopeful audio-guide for radio, Cathy FitzGerald takes a tour of the Museum’s woebegone collection and meets the broken-hearted lovers who have donated objects from around the world.