Come as you are to exhibit of unseen Cobain items
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.”
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’.