Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (IRPA-KIK)

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


7|05|2015 Digitaal: kans of noodzaak (conference)
On 7 May the conference Digitaal: kans of noodzaak takes place in the Jubelpark museum in Brussels. The KIK-IRPA co-organises this event. More information (in Dutch)  
8|05|2015 Workshop Cimorné
On 8 May 2015 the Workshop Cimorné: een decoratieve cementbepleistering herontdekt takes place in the Brussels Meeting Centre (WTCB) and in the La Chapelle de Verre in Ronquières. This event is co-organised by the KIK-IRPA. Inscriptions are now open. More...
15-17|06|2015 Symposium Paul Coremans
From 15 to 17 June 2015 the KIK-IRPA organises an international symposium in honour of its founder and first director Paul Coremans (1908-1965). Fifty years after he passed away, it is a unique opportunity to look back at his extraordinary career. The impact of his innovative ideas and vision on...
27|08-2|09 SOIMA 2015 pre-conference WORKSHOP
As a precursor to the SOIMA 2015, a five-day intensive workshop will be held on the theme of "Sustaining Sound and Image Collections". You can apply until 30 April 2015. More information (pdf) Conference website
3-4|09 SOIMA 2015: Unlocking sound&image heritage
See, Listen and Share! What? An international conference on ensuring a safe and creative future for sound and image heritage. Twelve national and international institutions are supporting the event hosted in Brussels by the KIK-IRPA. Why? Recorded sound and images have captured our world, our li...
22-24|10|2015 Symposium Flesh, gold and wood
On 22, 23 and 24 October 2015 the KIK-IRPA organises its 16th Art History Seminar in Brussels, entitled Flesh, Gold and Wood. The Saint-Denis altarpiece in Liège and the question of partial paint practices in the 16th century. The recent treatment of the Brussels altarpiece of the Chur...