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.


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

Preparing for your visit

Days, schedule, prices and getting there


Place Medvode (Champ-de-mars)
26400 Crest
09 61 67 27 33 / 04 75 76 61 38

Facebook : Centre d’Art de Crest

  • Openning times :

Wednesday to Sunday : 2 pm – 6.30 pm

  • 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

    Designed by Ville de Crest – Credit for homepage imagery : atelier d’architecture florent rougemont  Departement Drome   Region Auvergne Rhone Alpes  Etat  Ville de Crest