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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


6-16|11|2015 14-18 l'art dans la tourmente
On 6 and 7 October 2015 the international conference "14-18, l'art dans la tourmente", co-organised by the KIK-IRPA, takes place in the cultural centre of Andenne. From 6 until 16 october there is also an exhibition. More information (in French)  
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...
21-23|10|2015 Conference Dead Men Talking
A team of the KIK-IRPA was recently involved in the thorough analysis on the contents of the shrine of the Blessed Abbot Idesbald, held in Bruges. This research may be an important reference point in the research into the collection of individuals of the Abbey in Koksijde, the remains of whom are no...
19-21|10|2016 EECHB International Conference
We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Comfort of Historic Buildings (EECHB 2016) of which Hilde De Clercq, Head of the Laboratories department of the KIK-IRPA, is member of the Organizing Committee and International Scientific Committee. This event will...