London Jewish Museum to host Winehouse exhibit

Jewish British singer to be commemorated in exhibition of photos and personal belongings in her beloved Camden.

May 10, 2013 23:03
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A photo of Jewish British singer Amy Winehouse from an exhibition at the London Jewish Museum.

Amy Winehouse 370. (photo credit: Courtesy London Jewish Museum)


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The Jewish Museum in London will host an exhibition on Jewish British singer Amy Winehouse, who died two years ago from alcohol poisoning.

The exhibition, "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait," was co-curated with Winehouse's brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva and will run from July 3 until September 15, 2013.

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"The family have given the Jewish Museum unprecedented access to Amy’s personal belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits, that celebrate her passion for music, fashion, suduko, Snoopy, London and her family," the London Jewish Museum's website said.

The exhibition promises to show "many unseen photographs of Amy’s family life - Friday night dinners, Alex’s Barmitzvah and vintage photographs of their beloved grandmother Cynthia," it said on the site.

Winehouse had a strong sense of her Jewish roots, according to her family. "Being Jewish to me is about being together as a real family... It's not about lighting candles and saying a brocha," Winehouse said in 2005.

“Amy was someone who was incredibly proud of her Jewish‐London roots. Whereas other families would go to the seaside on a sunny day, we'd always go down to the East End. That was who we were, and what we were. We weren't religious, but we were traditional. I hope, in this most fitting of places, that the world gets to see this other side not just to Amy, but to our typical Jewish family,” her brother Alex said.

The Jewish Museum in London is located in Camden Town, where Winehouse resided.

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