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An exhibition dedicated to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain launches on 18th July at Ireland’s Museum of Style Icons (in Newbridge, 50 kilometres southwest of Dublin) through to 30th September 2018.

Kurt Cobain, pictured playing the piano aged eight in 1975, in a photograph that will form part of an exhibition of his personal items at Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland. Photo: Cobain Family Archive.
Kurt Cobain, pictured playing the piano aged eight in 1975, in a photograph that will form part of an exhibition of his personal items at Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland. Photo: Cobain Family Archive.

Kurt Cobain’s mother, sisters and daughter will open Growing Up Kurt Cobain, an exhibition of personal artefacts belonging to the legend Kurt Cobain. His car, his clothing, his art.

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. The Museum of Style Icons 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.

Cobain. December 24, 1986.
Cobain. December 24, 1986.

The opening of Growing Up Kurt Cobain Exhibition 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.

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”.

Kurt Cobain pictured in 1986 in a photograph that will form part of an exhibition of his personal items at Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland. Photo: Cobain Family.
Kurt Cobain pictured in 1986 in a photograph that will form part of an exhibition of his personal items at Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland. Photo: Cobain Family.

William Doyle, owner of the Museum of Style Icons, comments: “These items have never previously been seen by the public and it’s an incredible honor to be a part of this amazing exhibition.”

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