A new exhibition inspired by the legacy of Kurt Cobain is set to open in his hometown of Seattle.
Sixteen years after his death, Kurt Cobain remains a hugely important figure in American culture. Countless groups have been inspired to pick up their instruments by his music, with his impact being felt across all art forms.
With a Kurt Cobain biopic in the works, an art exhibition in the singer’s hometown of Seattle intends to explore just why his life and legacy resonate so powerfully.
Seattle Art Museum will host the show, simply titled ‘Kurt’. Opening on May 13th, the exhibition will run until September 6th and will showcase work from every area of art, moving from music to visual art.
According to art museum curator Michael Darling, the show “asks viewers to question why and how Kurt Cobain came to mean so much to a generation”.
Amongst the pieces arranged for the exhibition are Scott Fife’s carved cardboard Cobain bust. Meanwhile performance artist Gillian Wearing has donated a video of herself dancing to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ – an intriguing mix.
The exhibition also contains elements which may be of more interest to the casual fan. Photographer Charles Peterson will showcase some of his work, with the lens man famous for his relationship with Sub Pop.
Today (May 14th) Seattle Art Museum hosts an opening party which includes contributions from renowned journalist and Nirvana biographer Charles R Cross.
‘Kurt’ is now open at the Seattle Art Museum.