A vibrant street art homage
Serge Gainsbourg (1928–1991) was one of France’s most notable singer/songwriters. The façade of his house—5 bis, rue de Verneuil—remains a vibrant graffiti hot spot 21 years after his death. He lived in the house from 1969 until his death in 1991.
Gainsbourg is buried in Montparnasse cemetery.
In an exclusive interview by Lisa Robinson for Vanity Fair, Gainsbourg’s daughter, the singer and movie star Charlotte Gainsbourg, gives Vanity Fair an exclusive tour of his Left Bank home.
Sixteen years after Serge Gainsbourg’s death, his small, graffiti-covered Paris house is almost exactly as he left it—crammed with mementos of his poetic, nicotine-and-alcohol-fueled, sometimes scandalous life as France’s most adored singer-songwriter, lover of Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot, and friend to countless taxi drivers and policemen.” — Vanity Fair, 2007
Photos of the interior:
For more photos of the façade:
In July 2013, the façade was repainted by artist Anthony Lemer:
In September 2013, tours of the house were announced but were cancelled shortly after. Le Parisien and Le Figaro reported that Charlotte Gainsbourg, sole owner of the home where Gainsbourg lived from 1969 up to his death in 1991, has called off plans to allow tours of small groups of the house.
Charlotte had no comment. The report in Le Parisien states that the change of heart is possibly due to the poor health of the family friend, Jean-Pierre Prioul, who was going to lead the visits.