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

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AGENDA

07|10|2016-11|06|2017 Albrecht Bouts exhibition
With prestigious loans from the National Gallery London, the Prado Museum and the Louvre among others, the exhibition Blood & Tears. Albrecht Bouts and the Image of the Passion brings together for the first time exceptional works from the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Organized in collab...
12|10|2016-28|05|2017 Restoration|REVELATION
In 2012 the restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) started treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. No one expected this restoration to turn into a revelation: the real Van Eyck proved to have been hidden underneath overpaint for centuries! Th...
11-13|01|2017 Symposium Imaging Utopia
Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art is pleased to present the XXth symposium for the study of underdrawing and technology in painting. This symposium will take place in Mechelen and Leuven from 11 to 13 January 2017. The twentieth symposium of this distinguished conference series...
9-10|02|2017 Seminar Flandes by substitution
Flandes by Substitution: Copies of Flemish Masters in the Hispanic World (1500-1700). Art History Seminar 18 of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, 9-10 February 2017. On 9 and 10 February 2017 an international conference will be held on the copies of paintings of Flemis...
9|03|2017 Open days at the KIK-IRPA
The KIK-IRPA invites you to its Open Days on Thursday 9 March 2017. A unique occasion to get an inside view of the study and restoration of art works. You can stroll along the different documentation units, studios and laboratories  where our experts will explain their work. We welcome you on ...
27-28|04|2017 Call for papers
Patrimoines en mouvement : entre préservation et dévotion Bruxelles, 27-28 avril 2017 Ce n'est que dans les dernières années du XXe siècle que, sous l'impulsion de l'UNESCO, le patrimoine immatériel a été reconnu comme une fraction essen...