Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)

The KIK-IRPA is a federal scientific institute responsible for the documentation, study and conservation-restoration of the cultural and artistic heritage of our country.

Art historians, photographers, chemists, archaeologists, engineers and conservator-restorers carry out interdisciplinary research on the materials and techniques used in works of art and cultural artefacts and on the materials and methods used in conservation-restoration.

The KIK-IRPA is a unique resource for scientific, photographic and technical documentation of the cultural heritage of the country. More information

See the KIK-IRPA's main projects


Victor Horta: online photo exhibition
All through the year 2018 the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) will participate in the project Horta Inside Out by offering the public and specialists alike a broad access to its collection of negatives illustrating numerous creations of the architect Victor Horta. Our photo library ...
01|03|2018 Open days at the KIK-IRPA
On Thursday 1 March 2018 we invite you for a glimpse behind the screens of the study and restoration of artworks. Each of our documentation units, restoration studios and laboratories will open its doors: our specialists will explain their work and share their passion with you! Some of the prestig...
30-31|05|2018 Seminar confiscated art
19th Art historical seminar of the KIK-IRPA, in collaboration with the Groupe d’études du XVIIIe siècle et des révolutions de l’Université de Liège and the Centrum Rubenianum Antwerp: A new look at the confiscation of heritage objects in Europe at th...
12-14|09|2018 Symposium The Bruegel Success Story
The Bruegel Success Story. Creative Process, Imitation, Emulation, Workshop Organization and Business Strategies (Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting) will take place from 12 to 14 September 2018 at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels. The lang...