Micro-Folie on the move in Crest

November 20 – December 10, 2023

Open to the general public on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Reception of groups by reservation on other days

Free admission

What is Micro-Folie ?

A micro-folie is a place of culture, exchange, sharing of knowledge, designed to welcome all audiences. It is notably composed of a digital museum and an immersive virtual reality space (VR headsets).

A digital museum : the heart of Micro-Folie

Bringing together hundreds of masterpieces from several dozen national and international institutions to discover in digital form, this virtual art gallery combining visual arts, live performance, design, architecture, etc., is a unique and fun cultural offering.

To visit alone, with family, or with friends, the Digital Museum will give you access to a multitude of treasures.

The Digital Museum can also be visited in groups : 24 slots have been reserved to accommodate students from Crest schools.

Device supported locally by the Stimuli association

Pierre Tal Coat et André du Bouchet

July 13 – October 8, 2023

« Do you know the Drôme? We should travel through it. Perhaps one day, illustrating du Bouchet, we will be able in its massifs, its rocks, forests and waters, to find the equivalence of this writing by him. (…)
Beautiful dark purple fields against the sky, rocking, pristine land. The Drôme! »
Pierre Tal Coat, Letter to Françoise Simecek, 13.05.1972

Among the poets of the 20th century, André du Bouchet (1924-2001) is an inventor, a creator of forms like Stéphane Mallarmé was in the previous century. On the page, between his words, space plays an essential role. The white, the air make the poems breathe and it sometimes takes long strides to pass from one fragment to another.

André du Bouchet, had met Pierre Tal Coat in 1948, when the painter lived in Château Noir, in the hills of Aix-en-Provence. Until the disappearance of his friend, but also until his own disappearance (until his very last days in April 2001, at the hospital in Crest), he never stopped questioning himself (and write) on the unique adventure of « this great painter ».

Remember that André du Bouchet affixed his (typed) pages to the walls of the room where he worked, in Paris or in Truinas: he had, so to speak, a studio (or rather two). And, to tell the truth, a vast construction site. « I’m a painter! » he said, smiling to his loved ones…

In his huge studio in Dormont (not far from Giverny), Pierre Tal Coat (1905-1985) sought to find an organic harmony between painting and nature, between the material of his paint and the surrounding world: hundreds of paintings lived there, waiting… just like hundreds of pages of André du Bouchet waiting for the rapidity of a glance, the flash of a seizure until the « precipitate » of the poem.

The exhibition, through paintings, drawings, books…, explores the links between the poet and the painter.

Curator: Jean-Pascal Léger.

Consult the press kit of the exhibition André du Bouchet and Pierre Tal Coat – Poetry & Painting by following the link below :

Du Bouchet Tal Coat Crest Press Kit

Pierre Tal Coat. Vertigo. Oil on canvas. Valence Museum. 1982. Photograph Eric Caillet.

Pierre Tal Coat’s studio. Photograph by Michel Dieuzaide. Towards the Curvature. 1983

Pierre Tal Coat. Towards the Drôme. Oil on canvas. Jean-Marie Algoud collection. 1980.

Double page of the book Laisses by André du Bouchet and Pierre Tal Coat. Francoise Simecek editor. 1975.

Double page of the book Laisses by André du Bouchet and Pierre Tal Coat. Francoise Simecek editor. 1975.

Exhibition Catalogue

A catalog of the exhibition, published by the City of Crest and written by the curator, is available at the Crest Art Center and by mail (6 € postage).

For mailings and orders at the bookseller’s price, contact the city’s Culture and Animation team at the following address : culture@mairie-crest.fr or by phone at 04 75 76 61 38.

40 pages, 48 ​​illustrations
ISBN 979-10-415-2100-5
Price : 15 €



# European Heritage Days

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 

On the occasion of European Heritage Days, Jean-Pascal Léger, curator of the exhibition, will give two guided tours of the exhibition.
See you on Saturday September 16 at 5 p.m. and Sunday September 17 at 2:30 p.m. to understand everything about the exchanges between André du Bouchet and Pierre Tal Coat.

Free guided tours, without reservation and within the limit of available places.
Free admission to the Art Center on both days.

# Guided tour

Friday, July 14 at 5 pm

The curator of the exhibition will guide you to discover the work of André du Bouchet and Pierre Tal Coat, both of whom he knows well. Take advantage of this exclusive guided tour to learn more about the ties that united these two artists.

Free guided tour, subject to availability. Reservation recommended on 04 75 76 61 38 or reservation@mairie-crest.fr.

Design !

Story(s) of … 50 cult objects

February 4 –  April 30, 2023

Do you know the design ?

Between form, function, material, innovation, utility, originality and aethetics, design is a balancing act.

Versatile creator, the designer is sometimes considered as an author, even an artist, sometimes as a creator who puts his expertise at the service of usefulness and efficiency. The English word « design » comes from the old French « desseing » which means both « drawing » (the form, aesthetics : a formal object), and « aim » (the use, the objective : an object thought, mental, intellectual).

Liked to the rise of industrial production in the 20th century, design remains little known and little understood by the general public despite its role in everyday life. It is readily associated with choices of  « stylized » shapes, « contemporary » lines. We rarely know the authors.

In line with its previous general art history exhibitions (Contemporary Aubusson Tapestries ; The Triumph of Color, a history of color photography), the Centre d’art de Crest offers a journey into the story of a discipline, design, through fifty cult objects. Some are famous  they were designed by masters and sometimes their use took hold in the homes of the 20th century Western homo sapiens. Others are less known because they were designed by anonymous people or because their destiny is more modest.

The exhibition thus offers a discovery of design in the form of an initiatory exploration, a subjective reading that gives prominence to sensitivity, authors and stories. 50 ways to enter a history of design through a content-rich journey.

With creations by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Marcel Breuer, Dieter Rams, Philippe Starck, Matali Crasset, Raymond Loewy, Roger Tallon, Ettore Sottsass etc., a pressure cooker, chairs and tables, a pen, a watch, computers, televisions, a juicer,  lamps…

Testimonials from active designers are included in the exhibition.




# Meeting with designers

Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 pm

The Entre Autre studio (Crest) will present its « desire what is thrown away » coffee maker and Thomas Merlin will introduce you to the Canoë chair from FabUnit (Eurre).

Free admission, limited seating available. Reservation recommended on 04 75 76 61 38 or reservation@mairie-crest.fr.

# Meeting with a collector

Sunday, April 2 at 4 pm

Meeting with Martial Duvert (Galerie Duvert) who will introduce you to some emblematic objects from his design collection, present in our exhibition.

Free access with the Art Center entrance ticket

# Meeting with a collector

Wednesday, April 19 at 5 pm

Meeting with Patrik Jonas, design lover, collector and lender of objects present in our exhibition.

Free access with the Art Center entrance ticket