Amy Winehouse: a family portrait

There are so many great new exhibitions in London at the moment. One of them is an original exhibition about Amy Winehouse which has just opened, curated by the Jewish Museum with help from her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait takes us beyond the hype and shows a more private side, and what she meant to her brother. A personal and intimate exhibition about a much-loved sister.

‘Being Jewish to me is about being together as a real family…It’s not about lighting candles and saying a brocha.’ Amy Winehouse, 2005

The family have given the Jewish Museum unprecedented access to Amy’s belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits. Hosted in the heart of Amy’s Camden, this exhibition celebrates her passion for music, fashion, London and her family.

Many unseen photographs of Amy’s family life will be on display, revealing her strong Jewish roots and heritage as well as her close family relationships. Friday night dinners and Alex’s barmitzvah are captured in these images, and vintage photographs of their beloved grandmother Cynthia show what may have been the roots of Amy’s distinctive style.

Photographs are an important part of the exhibition and Amy’s own battered suitcase crammed with photographs of friends and family will be on display. It is this suitcase that Amy insisted her father come to look through with her a couple of days before her death in 2011 – the last time he saw her.

A must-see exhibition from my point of view!!

-Helene-

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