Amy Winehouse – Exhibition Opening
The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot had the privilege to hold the opening night of the exhibition “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait”, which was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot.
The event was hosted by Reuven Adler, the chairman of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot along with Eitan Ben-Eliahu, co-chairman of the museum’s board of governors; Irina Nevzlin Kogan, chairwoman of its board of directors; CEO Dan Tadmor; and Irit Admoni Perlman, director of IFBH.
The reception was held in the lobby of BH with typically English fare on offer; picture fish and chips served in a newsprint-like wrapper, together with a good draft of Guinness and the scene was set. Guests were able to wander through the exhibition “From the East End to Golders Green,” which included scenes of London’s East End where Amy’s great grandfather had lived when he arrived from Belarus in the 1800’s, enjoy a display of Fred Perry fashion items inspired by Amy Winehouse’s unique style, and then proceed to the actual exhibition, initiated by Amy’s brother Alex who also wrote the captions for the exhibition.
The artistic component of this fundraiser was a concert of Amy’s music. The main guest was Robin Banerjee, Amy’s bass guitarist who introduced each song, providing further insight into Amy’s world. Banerjee was accompanied by the vocalist Cali Rivlin and GaberBand who together performed the music of Amy Winehouse.
British Ambassador to Israel, His Excellency Mathew Gould commended Beit Hatfutsot for displaying the exhibition. Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, chief curator, shared with the audience that exhibition reveals not only the life of Amy the performer but also that of Amy who spoke Yiddish to her grandmother and her family life.
Amongst the guests were Leonid Nevzlin, Ami Federmann, Irani Family members (owner of sponsoring company Factory 54), Hanna and Benny Pri-Zan, Etty and Gad Proper, Tova and Samy Segol and many other businessmen, donors, entrepreneurs and guests from abroad.
Proceeds from the event will go towards providing guided tours of Beit Hatfutsot, seminars, and educational workshops to new immigrants, children at risk, children from Israel’s peripheral areas, and IDF soldiers and officers.
The exhibition is sponsored by The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot (IFBH), Fred Perry, Nadav Foundation, British Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Easy Jet, Helicon, Radio 102FM and Guinness beer.
The exhibition is on display at Beit Hatfutsot until May 1st, 2015.
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