Continually surprising the art community with its
out-of-the-box exhibitions—such as the first-ever
David Lynch retrospective and Pain Couture, a show
devoted to edible designs by fashion sensation
Jean Paul Gaultier—Paris's Fondation Cartier
shakes, rattles and rolls up the art scene once again
with its instant summer sensation, Rock 'n' Roll
39-59. Combining live performances by the latest
up-and-comers with an exhaustive historical
overview of the musical movement—its genesis,
evolution and history in the United States—the show
leads visitors on a thrilling aural and visual journey.
While the origin of Rock n' Roll has been the subject
of staunch debate for decades, the show safely
kicks off at the start of the Second World War,
digging into the blues, gospel, big band, jazz, R&B
and country scenes that provided the backbone for
the revolutionary new sound. While much of the
show pivots around the movement's most famous,
and tragic icon, Elvis Presley (the show coincides
with the 30th anniversary of his death) the exhibition
puts emphasis on pioneers such as Ball Haley,
Bo Diddley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, not to
mention numerous others, who laid the groundwork
for his breakthrough into mainstream American
culture, and with it the birth of a major social
transformation whose heritage remains vibrant today.

June 22 through October 28, 2007
261 Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris