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


Conference by Abigail D. Newman
On Tuesday 9 June Abigail D. Newman, visiting researcher at the Rubenianum and the University of Antwerp, gives a conference entitled An Antwerp artist at the Madrid court. Juan de la Corte and his "Flemish brand". We welcome everyone at 11h in our conference room.  More information 
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...
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...