Sunday , April 11 2021

thirty years after the death of Serge Gainsburg, his house will become a museum



Thirty years ago, on March 2, 1991, Serge Gainsbourg suffered a heart attack at the age of 62. The most symbolic tribute is yet to come : his house in the 7th arrondissement of Paris will become a museum to open in the autumn of 2021. Since rue de Verneuil has never lost its appeal to fans and the curious.

Three years ago, at the time of the release of his acclaimed latest album, Rest, Charlotte Gainsbourg expressed caution, modesty. In particular, she explained why she had not been able to write songs in French for a long time. “Since I couldn’t be compared to my father, it was useful for me to continue playing music.”, explained the musician in 2017.

Dozens of anonymous people come to Serge Gainsburg's house every day and write words there.  (YANN BERTRAND / RADIO FRANCE)

Today, thirty years after the death of her father, the one who embarked on the same artistic path now carries with him a project of great importance. Because of this private villa in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, she intends to turn it into a museum. The works are planned, the previous declaration is already on the front of 5 bis rue de Verneuil. Every day in front of a long facade, covered with street art and words of love, are people. The same words keep coming back, in between “great artist” and “genius” present to the world.

This large private villa with a low ceiling, a former barn, was widely displayed during his lifetime, a highly studied mess. In 1979 at Antenne 2 Serge Gainsbourg visited the cameras.

Behind the door and in the dark, all the fantasies have accumulated in thirty years of absence: there is little of the soul of Gainsburg that we have come here to capture. An affordable museum that respects Parisian heritage, a faithful reproduction of his father’s work environment, so Charlotte Gainsbourg sees this project, hopefully before the end of the year. Thirty years later, there is no rush, though.

Thirty years after his death, Gainsbourg still haunts the rue de Verneuil | Report by Yann Bertrand


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