Amy Winehouse’s personal belongings, such as clothes, books, albums and family photographs, will be displayed at Jewish Museum in Camden, London. “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” is co-curated by Amy’s brother Alex and his wife Riva, alongside curator Liz Selby.
“We wanted to show Amy in a slightly different light to how she has been perceived in the media,” Liz told the Guardian of the purpose of the exhibition. Amy’s brother said in a statement, “Amy was someone who was incredibly proud of her Jewish London roots. 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.”
Alex collected items which are currently on display and wrote touching captions for each of them. Among the items he gathered, there were many family and school photos which were kept in the late singer’s suitcase. The “Love Is a Losing Game” singer insisted to look through them with her father a few days before her passing.
In addition, there was a guitar which Amy and Alex shared when they were young. The siblings’ “most treasured guitar” is also “possibly the worst instrument ever made.” A caption for a Snoopy book shows how Amy stole the book from Alex when they were kids. Young Amy also borrowed many jazz albums from her brother.
Visitors of the exhibition will find the collections very touching. The museum’s chief executive, Abigail Morris, said, “Every time I go around there is something else that catches me. It is a really honest exhibition and you get a sense of the real person – as well as being a big, famous icon she was from a very strong, loving family and that really comes across.”
Liz added that Amy’s family played a major part at the exhibition. “They really help to bring the exhibition together. You get a sense of a very strong brother-and-sister relationship that’s very typical – it is very affectionate but also perhaps they sometimes didn’t get on,” the curator said.
Amy Winehouse was found dead in her apartment on July 23, 2011 because of alcohol poisoning. The memorabilia exhibition to remember the Grammy-winning singer will be held on July 3 until September 15.