- 18 Jun 18
The Cobain family will open their personal collection of "intimate items" belonging to Nirvana's late singer at an exhibition to be hosted in Kildare next month.
The opening of ‘Growing Up Kurt Cobain’ Exhibition at Newbridge Silverware's Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge will be attended by Kurt’s mother Wendy O’Connor, two sisters Kim Cobain and Olivia O’Connor and daughter Frances Bean Cobain to celebrate his Irish heritage.
As the Cobain family has never done anything like this previously, industry pundits say that it “will likely be as big" as the recent Pink Floyd and David Bowie exhibitions that took place at the V&A in London.
The Exhibition, which opens on 19 July and runs till 30 September, was organised thanks to the friendship between William Doyle, owner of the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland and Kurt Cobain’s mother, sisters and daughter.
Frances Bean Cobain, says: “I am so thrilled to participate and support my family as they honor 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."
Cobain’s Irish roots are well known. He believed that his family originated in County Cork but in fact his Irish ancestors emigrated from Carrickmore, County Tyrone, in 1875.
Cobain’s family has specially curated some of his very personal items for this once in a lifetime commemoration. will house Kurt’s drawings and sketches along with clothing, hand-written lyrics and the only known car Kurt owned during his life, a powder blue 1965 Dodge Dart.
William Doyle, owner of the Museum of Style Icons, commented: “These items have never previously been seen by the public and it’s an incredible honor to be a part of this amazing exhibition.
"We have handled exhibitions of Michael Jackson, Cher, Prince and many other fashion icons and we expect this exhibition of Kurt’s life to be one of our greatest exhibitions curated by our museum.
Kurt’s sister, Kim Cobain, adds: "With this exhibition we hope to bring the focus back to his roots, vision, and artistic genius to inspire everyone not to lose their creativity and childlike wonder."
After the Exhibition ends at The Museum of Style Icons on September 30 in Newbridge, Ireland, it will continue at The Museo de la Moda in Santiago Chile.
**CONFIRMED** The Kurt Cobain Exhibition opens THIS JULY at our Museum of Style Icons! With artefacts like the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' sweater, his only car and artwork, the exhibit will also be privately opened by members of the Cobain family. READ: https://t.co/o08aFX7eSW pic.twitter.com/0EjxI6EYEb
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