As long as the threat level remains at level 4, the reading rooms of our Information Centre and Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives will be closed for the public.


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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03|03|2016 Open Days at the KIK-IRPA
The KIK-IRPA invites you to its Open Days on Thursday 3 March 2016. 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. Despite our personnel s...
4|12|2015 Studiedag: Omgaan met waterschade
Op 4 december 2015 organiseert het Belgische Blauwe Schildcomité vzw, in samenwerking met het KIK, de Stad Antwerpen, de VVBAD, FARO, ICOMOS Vlaanderen-Brussel, de Vlaamse ERfgoedbibliotheek en Monumentenwacht Vlaanderen vzw de studiedag Geen kater na het water? Omgaan met waterschade in erfg...
6-8|07|2016 Congresss Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
The KIK-IRPA and the University of Antwerp are pleased to announce the 4th International Congress Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (ChemCH2016), which will be held in Brussels on July 6-8, 2016. Contributions for oral presentations and posters are welcome on any aspect of chemistry for Cultural Heri...
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...