Kurt Cobain’s items on show at exhibition
LONDON: An exhibition dedicated to late Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain opens in Ireland next month, showcasing a selection of the grunge-rock singer’s belongings.
From his sketches and drawings, to his clothing and a car, “Growing Up Kurt Cobain” – curated by his family – will display dozens of Cobain’s personal items.
His daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, and his mother, Wendy O’Connor, will be among his relatives attending the opening at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, 50km south-west of Dublin.
Cobain, 27, who had Irish ancestry, died in 1994 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
“I have always been the most intimately informed of who my father was by my grandmother and aunts,” Frances Bean Cobain said. “I am so ecstatic that their view of who Kurt was gets to be celebrated with Nirvana fans the world over.”
Cobain’s fans, who popularised grunge rock in the early 1990s, will see the striped green sweater he wore in the video for Nirvana’s 1991 hit Smells Like Teen Spirit and his MTV Video award for the same song.
The singer’s childhood drawings of cartoon characters, handwritten lyrics and his powder-blue 1965 Dodge Dart car will also be on display.
“With this exhibition we hope to bring the focus back to Kurt’s roots, vision and artistic genius, to inspire everyone not to lose their creativity and childlike wonder,” Cobain’s sister, Kim Cobain, said.
The small museum in County Kildare has outfits worn by Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly on display, and has previously hosted exhibitions dedicated to Michael Jackson and Prince.
The museum’s owner, William Doyle, said the idea of a Kurt Cobain exhibition stemmed from his friendship with the singer’s family. “The family have this feeling that they are bringing him back home,” he said. – Reuters
Kurt Cobain in December, 1986 in an image handed out by his family. The photo will be on display at an exhibition of his personal items at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland. Below: In 1986.
Kurt Cobain playing the piano, aged 8, on April 15, 1975.