Any Winehouse's cultural icon status confirmed by Jewish Museum exhibition and bronze statue
Friday 10 May 2013
Amy Winehouse's status as a cultural icon looks set to be canonised as plans to install a life-sized statue of the "Back to Black" singer in her native Camden are approved by the local council in the same week the Jewish Museum announces an exhibition dedicated to her.
Camden Council's Town Hall planners have given the green light to the installation of a bronze statue of the performer by Scott Easton. It will stand on the first floor balcony outside the Roundhouse on Chalk Farm Road.
The singer, who died at her home in July 2011 aged of 27, will also be honoured with a 10-week exhibition at the Jewish Museum, also in London's Camden where the singer lived and socialised.
The exhibition will include Winehouse' first guitar, some of her clothes, records and Grammy Awards. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait is being put together by her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. It opens on 3 July and will run until September 15.
"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," her brother Alex said.
"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."
A documentary by Bafta-winning Senna director Asif Kapadia is also being made about Winehouse's short life. The film, which is yet to be given a title, will be sold to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
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