Come as you are to ex­hibit of unseen Cobain items

Irish Examiner - - News - Michael McHugh

Unseen items from the life of Nir­vana front­man Kurt Cobain are to go on dis­play for the first time in Ire­land.

A sweater worn by Cobain in the video of the band’s big­gest hit, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, will be among the price­less ex­hibits on show next month at a mu­seum.

Draw­ings, cloth­ing, hand­writ­ten lyrics, and the only known car the singer/ guitarist owned will be housed at the Mu­seum of Style Icons in New­bridge, Co Kil­dare.

Cobain died by sui­cide in 1994 aged 27 and was dis­cov­ered at his Seat­tle home.

The open­ing of the Grow­ing Up Kurt Cobain ex­hi­bi­tion on July 19 will be at­tended by the singer’s mother, Wendy O’Con­nor, sis­ters Kim Cobain and Olivia O’Con­nor, and daugh­ter Frances Bean Cobain, and is in­tended to cel­e­brate his Ir­ish her­itage. It runs un­til Septem­ber 30.

Artist and model Frances Bean Cobain, 25, said: “I am so thrilled to par­tic­i­pate and sup­port my fam­ily as they hon­our their brother and son at the Mu­seum of Style Icons in Ire­land.

“I have al­ways been the most in­ti­mately in­formed of who my fa­ther was by my grand­mother and aunts.

“I am so ec­static that their view of who Kurt was gets to be cel­e­brated with Nir­vana fans the world over.”

Other items on dis­play next month in­clude an MTV Video Mu­sic Award for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and a pow­der-blue 1965 Dodge Charger ve­hi­cle.

Cobain’s an­ces­tors em­i­grated to the US from Car­rick­more, Co Ty­rone, in 1875.

Wil­liam Doyle, owner of the mu­seum, said: “These items have never pre­vi­ously been seen by the pub­lic and it’s an in­cred­i­ble hon­our to be a part of this amaz­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

“We have han­dled ex­hi­bi­tions of Michael Jack­son, Cher, Prince, and many other mu­sic and fash­ion icons and we ex­pect this ex­hi­bi­tion of Kurt’s life to be one of our great­est.”

Pic­ture: Frank Micelotta/Getty

Kurt Cobain: Draw­ings, cloth­ing, hand-writ­ten lyrics, and the only known car he owned will be housed at the Mu­seum of Style Icons in New­bridge, Co Kil­dare.

Sweater Cobain wore in video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

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