The private mansion on rue de Verneuil in Paris, where Serge Gainsbourg lived for twenty years, will open to the public from March as well as a museum, a bookstore and a piano bar in the same street.
This is one of the events of Parisian cultural life in 2022: the opening of the Gainsbourg House, located 5 bis rue de Verneuil in the 7th arrondissement. The singer lived there from 1969 until his death on March 2, 1991. Since then, the house has been preserved as it is, and will host thirty-minute visits. Serge Gainsbourg’s legendary interior is accompanied by a museum, a bookstore-boutique and the Gainsbarre: a hybrid space that hosts a café during the day and a piano bar at night. Located opposite, at 14 rue de Verneuil, they form the Maison Gainsbourg, the first cultural institution dedicated to the singer. In an interview given to JDD Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin spoke about this opening to the public.
Covered with tags on the outside, the house is frozen in time inside, the cigarette butts and the furniture not having moved one iota. A conservation wanted by the daughter of the singer. “This is Charlotte’s place. Kudos to her!says Jane Birkin with satisfaction. “She lasted thirty years without losing hope of opening it one day. You can imagine the heating needed to keep things as they are, so that Repetto of Serge do not rot from humidity?»
“A place that I knew and that I fled”
Mother and daughter visited the house together a few months ago for the first time in three decades. A passage immortalized in Jane par Charlotte, the documentary directed by Charlotte and released in theaters on January 12. “I had been there once in thirty years, a long time ago. (…) It is a place that I knew and that I fled. Going back there is like going back to your childhood home, everything seems smaller…“, confides Jane Birkin to the JDD.
The main challenge will be to manage the flow of visitors to this 130m² house and to ensure that the place is not damaged by the public. “With the passage of people, we will have to take care of conservation, humidity, etc…admits Charlotte Gainsbourg.
She is the only one of the four children of the man with the cabbage head briefly lived there. A very personal legacy for her. “It’s very painful because I’m opening the door to such a happy, carefree time in life…confided the singer to Audrey Crespo-Mara, in the show seven to eight Sunday. A place in the form of a refuge, far from the ultra-mediatized life of his family: “When I went there, I was protected from everything. I was under his protection. It was quite magical.” The opening of the Gainsbourg House is scheduled for March.
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