A collection of personal items that belonged to the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will be displayed for the first time in Ireland this summer at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co Kildare.
The exhibition, titled ‘Growing Up Kurt Cobain’, will make its world debut on 19 July and contains iconic possessions from the late rock star’s life including the top he sports in the video for Nirvana’s breakthrough hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, hand-written lyrics, sketches he made as a child and a teenager and the only known car he owned, a powder blue 1965 Dodge Dart.
Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor, sisters Kim Cobain and Olivia O’Connor, and his 25-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain will attend the opening of the exhibition in Kildare.
They said they chose to open the exhibition in Ireland to celebrate Cobain’s Irish heritage. Cobain reputedly believed that his family originated in County Cork but according to reports in the RTE news, his ancestors reportedly emigrated to the US from Carrickmore, County Tyrone, in 1875.
Frances Bean Cobain told RTE News: “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.”
“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,” his sister, Kim Cobain, added.
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 exhibitions curated by our museum.”
The exhibition opens on 19 July and is scheduled to run until 30 September.
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