Six years ago, the world lost a musical soul that will forever leave an imprint on your heart. Amy Winehouse was a young singer-songwriter at the peak of her career when it all came tumbling down. Tragically, we lost her but her music truly does live on.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is a personal and intimate exhibition about Amy Winehouse, curated by the Jewish Museum London with help from her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. The Winehouse family gave the Jewish Museum of London unprecedented access to Amy’s belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits to bring the exhibition together.
“This isn’t an attempt to tell people what my sister was like, or what kind of people my grandparents were, or to force my opinions on you. This is a snapshot of a girl who was, to her deepest core, simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent who, more than anything, just wanted to be true to her heritage,” Alex Winehouse said.
The exhibition focuses on Amy’s Jewish roots, family life, adolescence and her early career with captions specially written captions by her brother which are warm, affectionate and revealing, making the exhibition truly unique. This text is then juxtaposed with extracts from an essay Amy wrote at the age of 14 during her audition at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
Jewish Museum of Australia will present a substantial music program alongside the exhibition including dedicated performances celebrating the singer’s legacy at Melbourne Music Week, a tribute show at St Kilda Festival and a series of Thursday late-night events at the museum with performances by local artists covering Amy’s varied musical genres – jazz, soul, gospel, Motown and hip-hop.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait honours her memory and accomplishments, as well as providing a personal portrait of her family life and Jewish heritage, which were not always visible in her public life.
Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait will be showing at the Jewish Museum of Australia from October 22nd until March 25th 2018. For tickets and more info, head here.