(Paris) After thirty years of gestation and trial and error, the legendary Parisian home of Serge Gainsbourg will soon open to the public to celebrate the career and life of the legendary French musician and singer.
Since his death in 1991, his house in the very chic 6th arrondissement has attracted countless fans who come to worship in front of the facade covered with tags and graffiti.
But the places have always remained closed to the public and only the family and a few celebrities, such as the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, have been able to access the interior of this quasi-mausoleum in memory of the master, who inspired many artists in France. and abroad.
From September 20, however, the place will open its doors to the curious, who will be guided by the voice of her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg in an audio guide. Apart from glass panels which leave the visitor at the entrance to the rooms – and prevent them from touching everything – the house has been kept identical since 1991.
In the living room, we can see the black piano – the same color as the walls and ceilings – the gold records, and the photos of the women who accompanied the life of Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot or Jane Birkin, who recently passed away.
“As soon as he died, I wanted to not move anything, immediately I talked about opening a museum, because he himself had talked about it,” confided Wednesday, in front of a few journalists, Charlotte Gainsbourg, who however hesitated for a long time before opening to the public this place where she grew up and where her father died.
“There were moments of great dust, when I no longer had confidence and I didn’t want anyone to come in,” she explained.
Located a few numbers further, in the same rue de Verneuil, a Gainsbourg museum will also open its doors and will allow the exhibition of objects which were, due to lack of space, not visible in the house where the collector Gainsbourg piled up a quantity of trinkets.
Around 100,000 visitors are expected each year.