The first posthumous exhibition about Amy Winehouse will open this July at London’s Jewish Museum, coinciding with the second anniversary since her untimely death in 2011 and also when the late megastar would have celebrated her 30th birthday.
The focus of the exhibition is not her instantly recognisable dolly-bird style, beehive ‘do or her soaring vocal talents and haunting song-writing abilities, but her family life, Jewish heritage and, until now, relatively undocumented upbringing in North London. Amy’s brother Alex and his wife Riva have granted the museum full access to Amy and the Winehouse family’s belongings – with the results ranging from previously unseen visuals like shots of a young Amy, intimate family moments and her suitcase bursting with snaps of friends, to her first guitar (of which Alex taught her to play) and record collection. Vintage photos of her beloved grandma Cynthia indicate to a possible source for Amy’s unique fashion sense.
Alex describes the "personal and intimate exhibition about a much-loved sister" as a chance to redefine Amy's image and for the world to see another side to the talented but tragic star.
News has also come that Camden Council have given the go ahead for an Amy Winehouse statue, designed by Scott Eaton, to be erected at The Roundhouse – the famous music venue which is a stone’s throw away from the singer's former Camden home and the last place she publicly performed. In addition, a documentary is currently in the making; it will concentrate on the media circus that surrounded the icon and her troubled life.