Ir­ish mu­seum to host ex­hi­bi­tion on Nir­vana star’s life

Irish Independent - - News - Kirsty blake Knox

THE jumper worn by Nir­vana front man Kurt Cobain in the video for 1991 hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is to go on dis­play in Ire­land.

Var­i­ous other unseen items from Cobain’s life, such as draw­ings and the only car he ever owned, will also be ex­hib­ited at the New­bridge Silverware Mu­seum of Style.

The ‘Grow­ing Up Kurt Cobain Ex­hi­bi­tion’ will open on July 19 and run un­til Septem­ber 30.

It will be launched by the singer’s mother Wendy O’Con­nor, sis­ters Kim Cobain and Olivia O’Con­nor and his daugh­ter Frances Bean Cobain.

Cobain’s an­ces­tors em­i­grated to the US from Car­rick­more, Co Ty­rone, in 1875 and his fam­ily hope the ex­hi­bi­tion will cel­e­brate his Ir­ish her­itage.

The singer took his own life in 1994 aged 27.

Daugh­ter Frances said she was “ec­static” that the fam­ily’s mem­ory of Cobain “gets to be cel­e­brated with Nir­vana fans the world over”.

The grunge band sold mil­lions of al­bums world­wide. Other items on dis­play next month in­clude an MTV Video award for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ which Cobain used as a doorstop.

His pow­der-blue 1965 Dodge Charger car and some child­hood toys are among the ex­hibits.

Wil­liam Doyle, owner of the mu­seum, said: “We ex­pect this ex­hi­bi­tion of Kurt’s life to be one of our great­est ex­hi­bi­tions cu­rated by our mu­seum.”

‘Teen Spirit’ be­gan as a taunt scrawled on Cobain’s bed­room wall by Bikini Kill singer Kath­leen Hanna.

Nir­vana singer Kurt Cobain died in 1994 aged 27

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