Kurt Cobain’s items on show at ex­hi­bi­tion

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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.

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