Saturday, November 27

Amy Beyond the Stage shows unpublished objects by the artist at the Design Museum in London


Ten years after Amy Winehouse’s early death, the London Design Museum opens a new exhibition on the legendary singer.

“Amy: Beyond the Stage”, Amy beyond the stage, shows part of the artist’s legacy with objects donated by her family, such as unpublished manuscripts of her songs, her guitars, dresses and, of course, her music.

Back to black and back to the stage.

A new exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed musician Amy Winehouse opens at the London Design Museum on Friday (November 26, 2021).

It marks the 10th anniversary of his death.

“Amy: Beyond the Stage” is a collaboration with the Winehouse family, featuring never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, her guitars, dresses, press clippings, and of course music clips and performances.

It is the first major retrospective on Winehouse and traces her life from school, through her early music years, to her stratospheric success.

The curator of the exhibition, Priya Khanchandani, has her own strengths of the exhibition.

“There are really amazing objects. I think one of them is behind me, which is the blue Fender Stratocaster, the Daphne Blue, which was Amy’s favorite guitar. She was depicted playing quite often during the ‘Frank’ era. And it’s in a photograph that was taken in the same session as the cover image for ‘Frank,’ which we showcased at the exhibition, “says Khanchandani.

A more surprising item is a pair of jeans that she used to wear a lot.

“There’s also a really lovely pair of Miss Sixty jeans that she wore as a teenager, tapes from her first demo and apparently she was wearing when she recorded some of the ‘Frank’ songs. And they have ‘Sinatra is god’ embroidered on the back. We don’t know if she did it or had it done, but it was a custom, “says Khanchandani.

The last room of the show offers an immersive experience with projections based on a performance of “Tears Dry on their Own”.

It’s the highlight of the show for Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse.

“You have the wonderful images projected on the screens. And you know, in a minute Amy is on top of you and she is very abstract. I found it wonderful, really wonderful,” he says.

Visitors can also get an up-close look at some very intimate objects, such as handwritten drafts of song lyrics, including Frankie, who inspired the “Frank” album.

Through these personal items, her family hopes that the public will better understand her personality and her true identity.

“I hope they get an understanding of Amy that she was not that tabloid thing that was published in the press. Some of the things that I have had to see in the last few months in regards to that have been just horrible, and they wouldn’t be able to do it. Today. No way. But it happened, and I would like people to forget about it and focus on the positive. And this is positive, “says Mitch.

One of the largest artifacts on display is a mid-century jukebox that sat in Winehouse’s flat in Camden, London between 2007 and 2011.

One photo shows the singer posing next to her.

Overall, the exhibition is a reminder of the breadth of Winehouse’s legacy in the music and fashion industry.

“If you talk to young musicians now, they tell me that many of them attribute their careers and their ability to be who they are to Amy. And Billie Eilish has said that her career would not be possible without Amy and Adele talks a lot about Amy. And I think that She heralded a generation of pretty empowered female artists who can be who they want to be. So I think she has a very strong legacy. I also think she has a voice and style that transcends time, and that has allowed her legacy to be relevant an decade later and I think it will continue to be, “says Khanchandani.

The exhibition avoids the negative tabloid coverage that Winehouse received during her career, an aspect of the exhibition that her family appreciates.

“You won’t come out of it with a dry eye and also a lot of laughs. And a lot of new information about a girl that everyone loves,” said Mitch Winehouse.

The exhibition marks 10 years since the death of the beloved singer, and 15 years since the release of her iconic album “Back to Black.”

“Amy: Beyond the Stage” opens at the Design Museum in London on November 24, 2021.


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