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Amy Winehouse’s family life and love for London to be explored in new exhibition

This photo of a young Amy Winehouse outside her Nan’s flat in Southgate is among those featuring in a new exhibition about the singer. Photographer unknown. Picture: © The Winehouse family This photo of a young Amy Winehouse outside her Nan’s flat in Southgate is among those featuring in a new exhibition about the singer. Photographer unknown. Picture: © The Winehouse family

Saturday, May 11, 2013
9:26 AM

An intimate exhibition about Amy Winehouse and her family life is to open at the Jewish Museum in Camden Town.

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Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is an original exhibition about the singer, curated by the Jewish Museum with help from her brother Alex Winehouse and sister-in-law Riva.

The museum has been given access to Winehouse’s belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits.

The exhibition celebrates Winehouse’s passion for music, fashion, London and family.

Among the items on show will be photographs of Winehouse’s family life, 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 Winehouse’s distinctive style.

Alex said: “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.”

The exhibition will be split into four themes: Judaism, family and home; Amy and London; music; and style icon.

Abigail Morris, CEO of the Jewish Museum, said: “Amy Winehouse was an immensely talented, iconic and inspirational singer and she was a Jewish girl from North London.

“It is fitting that the Jewish Museum in her beloved Camden Town should be the place to tell her story in the year that she would have celebrated her 30th birthday. We are very honoured that Alex and Riva chose the museum.”

The exhibition runs from July 3 to September 15 at the Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, Albert Street, London.

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