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


07|10|2016-11|06|2017 Albrecht Bouts exhibition
The exhibition  Blood & Tears. Albrecht Bouts and the Image of the Passion has moved to the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen and runs until 11 June. With prestigious loans from the National Gallery London, the Prado Museum and the Louvre among others, the exhibition brings together for ...
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...
27-28|04|2017 Patrimoines en mouvement
Patrimoines en mouvement : entre préservation et dévotion L’IRPA et la Direction du Patrimoine culturel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles se sont associés pour organiser conjointement une réflexion sur les valeurs contradictoires que peuvent po...