Serge Gainsbourg: Initials L.G.

Organization French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF)
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Address 22 East 60th Street, New York, NY, United States
Phone 212-355-6100
Start March 24, 2011
End April 23, 2011
Closed no information

The Gallery of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is proud to present from March 24–April 23, 2011, the U.S. debut of a new exhibit of photos of France’s legendary bad boy, Serge Gainsbourg. Initials L.G. features portraits as well as rare and unusual images of the icon from photographers Helmut Newton, William Klein, Patrick de Spiegelaere, Tony Frank, and other noted artists who documented his celebrity. The exhibit coincides with the twentieth anniversary of Gainsbourg’s untimely death in March 1991.


Pianist, singer, beatnik, raconteur, poet, actor, filmmaker, photographer, painter, and novelist, Serge Gainsbourg was canonized by his countrymen and hailed by President Mitterrand as a descendant of Apollinaire and Baudelaire. While best known for his musical genius, Gainsbourg was also a visual artist who studied painting, leaving behind several canvases, as well as four feature films. His strong visual orientation led him to pay as much attention to composition and focal lenses in his films as he did to casting decisions, and his keen eye for photography would see him working with some of the greatest practitioners of his day.


A tribute to the artist’s subversive flair as well as his vivid imagination, Initials L.G. was first shown on the tenth anniversary of the Fifty One Fine Art Photography gallery in Belgium. The exhibit is currently enjoying a smash success at Sotheby’s Paris where it will run through March 9, prior to its U.S. debut at the Gallery at FIAF.

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