(c) Emmanuelle Lubaki, Yorgo&Co, 2021
Maison Gainsbourg is made up of two addresses in the same street: 5 bis rue de Verneuil, the home of Serge Gainsbourg between 1969 and 1991, and 14 Rue de Verneuil which will now host a museum, a bookstore and Le Gainsbarre.
This dual visit begins at the museum’s front desk located at 14 rue de Verneuil. A very intimate moment then follows at 5bis Rue de Verneuil, in Serge Gainsbourg's interior, through which the visitors will be guided by an immersive audio experience lasting around 30 minutes.
Returning to 14 rue de Verneuil, visitors will then access the museum which offers a plunge into the life, work and career of Serge Gainsbourg, through a chronological journey made up of emblematic and previously unseen works of Maison Gainsbourg's collection and its rich documental archive.
In parallel to this exploration of the museum’s ressources, visitors will also gain access to a digital experience that begins ahead of their visit and further develops afterwards, with access to exclusive and unpublished content.
Gainsbarre is Maison Gainsbourg's piano-bar, inspired by the early years of Serge Gainsbourg's musical career, during which he worked as a pianist at Flavio’s in Le Touquet, or in the cabarets of Pigalle. By day it is a café-restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, and transforms at night into a cocktail bar and restaurant. It will be the epicentre of the museum's life and programming. Open to the public for a wide range of events (live concerts, cinema screenings, workshops, conferences), privatizable for exceptional events, le Gainsbarre will have its own programming akin to the museum’s: diverse and plural.
Maison Gainsbourg’s bookstore and gift shop was designed as a new Parisian address and tailor-made to address each of the artist's facets through the many different eras he crossed during his celebrated career: the Rive Gauche of the early 1960s, Swinging London in the early 70s and the 80s between palace hotels and Le Palace.
In his image and that of Maison Gainsbourg’s, the collections (books, records, photographs, objects and fashion accessories) are created and selected with care to evoke this rich visual universe. In the library, visitors will find a selection of reference books about Serge Gainsbourg, a selection of rare books, and a selection from his personal favourites, derived from his bookcase at 5 bis rue de Verneuil.
(c) Alexis Raimbault, 2021
(c) Thomas Mailaender, 2021
“Where other artists, singers, authors and composers build and maintain careers, Serge Gainsbourg has built an oeuvre. Methodically. Better than anyone. He embodies the golden age of French songwriting: his production follows the contours of the most prolific period of the recording industry.
Considerable by its richness and its openness to many musical genres, by the diversity of its performers, by its forays into cinema, television and advertising, Serge Gainsbourg's legacy is unique and remains modern thirty years after his passing, in France and abroad, where it is recognised and celebrated.”
Sébastien Merlet - Commissaire d’Exposition of Maison Gainsbourg
Le Gainsbook, Editions Seghers, 2019
Je suis l'homme à tête de chou. Moitié légume, moitié mec.
Map & Access
14 rue de Verneuil
The museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility, a virtual visit of the house is offered to discover the interior and its objects, and the museum is set up to facilitate access and ensure the best visit experience to all our visitors.
Line 10 – Mabillon Station
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