Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

  • music & media
  • social history
  • history
  • post war history
  • film/video
  • photography
  • decorative arts
  • performance

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is a personal and intimate exhibition about the musician Amy Winehouse, co-curated by the Jewish Museum with her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva.

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 are 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.

The exhibition explores the many stories about Amy Winehouse – the musical star, her rock’n’roll lifestyle, her ups and her downs. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait will take the visitor beyond the hype to show them a more private side, and what she meant to her brother.

Since its launch in London in summer 2013, the exhibition has toured internationally to Jewish Museum Vienna, Beit Hatefutsot Museum in Tel Aviv, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.