Kurt Cobain's family open rare collection in Newbridge

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 18, 2018

Her father's sketches, items of clothing, a vehicle and other personal belongings are now featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland, called "Growing Up Kurt Cobain".

The exhibit includes the striped green sweater he wore in the 1991 video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and his MTV Video Music Award for the same song, as well as his childhood drawings and 1965 Dodge Dart vehicle.

Joining the divorced heiress in Newbridge was her grandmother Wendy O'Connor and aunt Kim Cobain aka the mother and sister of the grunge icon who took his own life in 1994 at age 27.

The Cobain family's ancestors reportedly emigrated from Carrickmore in County Tyrone way back in 1875.

"We all have a lot of Irish in us and it's our first time here and we are enjoying it very much and can't wait to see more".

The family said they will explore Ireland's countryside where they plan to "ride some horses" and "eat good food" while they are here.

Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of late rocker Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, says that the USA should get over its mental health and addiction taboo. "He's there every day of my life", added Frances, 25, who was joined by her grandmother Wendy O'Connor and aunt Kim Cobain.

"My dynamic with Kurt is probably more similar to a fan's dynamic as there's nearly like an untouchable thing".

"All the information I have about him is from stories".

"Like I've had emotional breakdowns in Ubers and he's come on [the radio] and I've been like, "I needed you so much right now", Frances admitted". "It plays out on different days in different ways". He's there every day of my life.

Frances, who revealed earlier this year her battle with addiction and celebrated being sober for two years, also shared her thoughts on mental health and addiction. "I would like to believe that Kurt wouldn't have stood for that or accepted that", she said. "Art is transcendent and when it's good art there is no timeline for it, it's one of the most powerful things in the world and something I'm super grateful for".

"My favourite item is "chim chim" - a little rubber monkey with this battery bomb on the back of it, I thought my mom had lost it and when I walked in I was happy to see it".

The exhibition runs until September 30 in the Museum of Style Icons Newbridge, County Kildare.

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