A woman enters at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Pristina, Kosovo, May 3, 2018 Toy dolls, a memory jar, a magnifying glass, book notes, a blouse, scissors, pens and pencils, a dust cleaner, a condom — a growing collection of items, each a meme
A woman enters at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Pristina, Kosovo, May 3, 2018 Toy dolls, a memory jar, a magnifying glass, book notes, a blouse, scissors, pens and pencils, a dust cleaner, a condom — a growing collection of items, each a meme

PRISTINA, KOSOVO - Dolls, a memory jar, a magnifying glass, a used condom — each is a memento of heartbreak contributed by an anonymous contributor to the Museum of Broken Relationships, an eccentric display in Kosovo.

The traveling exhibition — tied to a permanent tourist attraction in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, dedicated to treasuring and sharing heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions — opened a monthlong stint in Kosovo last week as part of Europe Week. 

A toy doll is displayed as visitors look at items
A toy doll is displayed as visitors look at items presented at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Pristina, Kosovo, May 3, 2018.

"Its mission is to connect people in public spaces through the stories of love and loss,'' a statement from the EU office in Kosovo said.

Curator Kushtrim Fetahu said organizers launched an open call for stories on Facebook and Instagram, and managed to collect 30 objects for the Kosovo exhibition.

A heart-shaped candle is displayed at the Museum o
A heart-shaped candle is displayed at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Pristina, Kosovo, May 3, 2018.

They all aim at "storytelling, story sharing, to explain all the relationships, what happened not only between lovers but also between friends and families,'' he said.

One contributor from the western Kosovo city of Prizren writes of a memory jar: "This jar holds the beautiful days and nights of our relationship and that doesn't deserve to be thrown away and not to be remembered.''

A visitor looks at a wedding dress displayed at th
A visitor looks at a wedding dress displayed at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Pristina, Kosovo,May 3, 2018. The dress belongs to a Turkish woman who lost her husband-to-be the day they would get married, June 28, 2016, when a terrorist attack killed him at the Istanbul airport.

The collection in Pristina includes items from the museum's permanent collection in Zagreb, such as a positive pregnancy test from Leipzig, Germany, as well as the wedding dress of a Turkish woman who lost her husband-to-be the day they would have gotten married — in June 28, 2016, when a terrorist attack killed him at the Istanbul airport.

The museum won the EMYA Kenneth Hudson Award in 2010 for the most innovative and daring museum project in Europe.

A broken relationship testimonial is displayed in
A broken relationship testimonial is displayed in a video installation at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Pristina, Kosovo, May 3, 2018.

The EU statement said that the Museum "encourages discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of human relationships but also on the social, cultural and political circumstances surrounding the stories being told.''

When the project wraps up in Kosovo, some of the stories will be sent to the permanent museum in Zagreb.

"In this way, stories from Kosovo will be a permanent part of an international museum,'' the EU statement said.