The Art Center

On the rehabilitated site of the former Crest fire station, the Art Center is a municipal facility of 200 m² dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

The center hosts exhibitions that invite to discover the diversity of artistic expressions, between modern times,  art and crafts and contemporary art.

As part of its exhibitions at the Art Center, the City of Crest offers a program of events and educational animations to share art and techniques with all audiences.


Albert Voisin aka Vanber

The City of Crest collection

15 december 2021 – 27 february 2022

The Art Center presents the Vanber donation, a hundred works donated by the artist’s heirs to the City of Crest in 1995.

From his academic training in the abstractionism, through Cubism, from collages of torn posters to his passion for the landscapes of the Drôme, the exhibition offers to discover the abundant work of an artist who settle in Crest in 1956.

Albert Voisin aka Vanber was born in Lestre in Normandy in 1905. He died in Crest in 1994. He had been living there since 1956.

Vanber was a fertile creator, he produced around 5,000 works: paintings, gouaches, sculptures, collages, mosaics, textile works.

Refusing to sell his paintings during his lifetime, he donated several dozen works to the Valence museum in 1994. In 1995, a few months after his death, his heirs made a large donation of around 120 works to the City of Crest, with the support of the Vanber Association. It is this « Vanber donation », usually hung on the premises of the town hall, which is presented in this exhibition.

Son of a photographer, Vanber chose painting after his meeting with Jean-Baptiste Antoine Guillemet in 1913. He received classical and academic training at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris from 1922 in the studio of Fernand Cormon, replaced by Pierre Laurens in 1924. In the same years, he attended the Académie Frochon in Montmartre.

In the 1930s, he met the artists Albert Gleizes, Jacques Villon, André Lhote, Sonia and Robert Delaunay. These meetings will be decisive for the development of his artistic writing. He participates in many in fashion fairs and exhibitions: Salon des Indépendants, Salon d’Automne, Salon des Surindépendants, Salon des Réalités Nouvelles. He teaches in the City of Paris art schools.

In 1948, he discovered the village of Toulaud in Ardèche, with his wife, the painter Madeleine Théry. He discovers the Drôme through The Small Routes for the Artist, a work by André Lhote, based in Mirmande, which invites artists to appreciate the relief and light of the Drôme.

In 1956, he bought his house in Crest, at the foot of the Tower, and settled there permanently.

Vanber is strongly influenced by the cubist movement and the abstractionism, while maintaining a relationship to figuration and the work of matter. He was certainly one of the first to take off posters for artistic purposes – his first collages were exhibited at the Suzanne Michel gallery in Paris in 1951. Vanber is also an outdoor painter who works from the landscapes of Crest and its surroundings. He is also marked by the experiences of Moly-Sabata, place of artistic creation in Sablons, on the banks of the Rhône.

At the turn of the 1960s, he participated in the animation of artistic life in Crest, through the Art et jeunesse fair and the Drôme Valley Festival, an initiative still rare in the provinces in a very centralized artistic France.

It will be exhibited at the Valence museum in 1985, then on numerous occasions in the region, notably in Crest and Valence in the 1990s and 2000s. Works by Vanber are kept at the museums of Montmartre, Valence, Cherbourg and Condé-en-Normandie.

His works are signed but are not dated. They rarely have a title. When they have an original frame, it is white and made of recovered wood. These habits of Vanber invite us to consider his work globally, without hierarchy of technique or strongly determined chronology. He simultaneously practices painting on reality and abstract composition, and regularly returns with repaints on old works.

An exhibition produced by the City of Crest. The works exhibited belong exclusively to the “Donation Vanber”, property of the City of Crest. With friendly advice from the Vanber Association.

Discover our Vanber exhibition in video


  • The Triumph of color

April – June 2022

A look at the invention and evolutions of color photography, from the collections of the Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (MAP)

  • Jacques Clerc – Sculptor, engraver, publisher

July – October 2022

Retrospective of this major figure in the art of the second half of the twentieth century in the Drôme, scanning all the artistic techniques approached by the artist during his rich career


 # Visit-meeting

Sunday, January 16 at 4 p.m.

The Art Center invites you to learn more about Albert Voisin aka Vanber alongside Martial Duvert, gallery owner, and Mireille Veauvy, artist. Both are members of the Vanber association working to promote the artist’s work.

All audiences, free access with the entrance ticket to the Art Center

# Guided tours for groups and schools

Information and reservation on 04 75 76 61 38 or

School visits are offered free of charge by the City of Crest

Preparing for your visit

Days, schedule, prices and getting there


Place du Champ-de-mars
26400 Crest
09 61 67 27 33

Facebook : Centre d’Art de Crest

  • Openning times :

Wednesday to Sunday : 2 pm – 6.30 pm

The Art Centre will be closed on decembre 24, 25 and 31, 2021 and january 1st, 2022

  • Price :
Adult € 5

Student, job seeker, disability card holder, large family card holder, tax credit beneficiary

€ 3
(2 adults with children)
€ 8
Under the age of 18 Free entrance

Groups of 10 people

€ 3 per person
  • Annual Pass :
    • Full price : 10 €

    • Reduced price : 6 €

    • Getting here :

    – 1h15 from Lyon by car
    – 35 minutes from High Speed Train (TGV) Railway station
    – Crest Railway station (SNCF)
    – Free parking for buses and cars, walking distance from the Art Center

    Extend your visit

    Martial Duvert

    Galerie Duvert 
    Art Gallery and antiquity of XXe century
    Place du Champ-de-Mars – CREST
    04 75 25 31 41

    Galerie Espace LibertéGalerie Espace Liberté

    Promotion place of Contemporay and modern art and various form of artistic expression
    5, rue des Alpes – CREST
    09 52 37 99 86

    imprints Galerieimprints-Galerie
    Art gallery, Publishing house of print and artist book
    14, rue Jean Rousset – CREST
    06 41 22 02 11

    Tourism office – Pays de Crest et de Saillans – Coeur de Drôme
    Place de l’église – CREST
    04 75 25 11 38

    Tower of Crest
    Chemin du Donjon – CREST
    04 75 25 32 53

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