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During the public session on the occasion of its 175st anniversary, the Académie royale d’Archéologie de Belgique awarded its triennial prize to our colleague and art historian Eduardo Lamas-Delgado for his research on the Flemish painter Miguel Manrique (c. 1612-1647). With th...
In the fall of 2012 the KIK-IRPA started the first phase of the conservation-restoration campaign of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. The restorers meticulously uncovered the original paint layer of the panels and frames of the closed altarpiece, which were broadly overpainted. The r...
The thirteenth volume in our Scientia Artis series is now available! In 'A l’Escu de France'. Guillebert de Mets et la peinture de livres à Gand à l’époque de Jan van Eyck (1410-1450) (In 'The Arms of France'. Guillebert de Mets and Book Painting in Ghent at the Time...
Two little-known paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564-1637/8) were the reason behind a mission to the harbour town of Arbroath in Scotland by Christina Currie, KIK-IRPA’s expert on the artist’s work. The paintings were given to Arbroath in the nineteenth century by two local ...
The Flemish Government gives their green light for the continuation of the thorough restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers! This was announced on a press conference on 9 November by the commissioner Ludo Collin, president of the churchwardens of St Bavo’s Cathedral. I...
A unique drawing of Dulle Griet from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, on permanent loan at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, was brought to the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels for a four-day interdisciplinary study. The drawing, attributed to Pieter Bruegel ...
We hebben momenteel een vacature voor een Wetenschappelijk assistent (SW10) - conservator-restaurateur van textiel (m/v) met 5 jaar aantoonbare werkervaring. U kan soliciteren tot 12 november 2017 om 23u. Meer informatie We hebben tevens een vacature voor een Wetenschappelijk assistent (SW10) ...
New photos, a new design: the website Closer to Van Eyck has come even closer! Discover the panels of the closed Ghent Altarpiece before, during and after restoration. Marvel at the zoomable high resolution images, the intuitive user experience and above all enjoy the rediscovered mastery of Van Eyc...
New photos, a new design: the website Closer to Van Eyck comes even closer! Discover the panels of the closed Ghent Altarpiece before, during and after restoration. Marvel at the zoomable high resolution images and the intuitive user experience and above all enjoy the rediscovered mastery of Van Eyc...
In preparation for Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting. The Bruegel Success Story. Creative Process, Imitation, Emulation, Workshop Organization and Business Strategies (Brussels, 12-14 September 2018), the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Belgi...
It gives us immense pleasure to present the proceedings of the international conference “SOIMA 2015: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage”. This publication is the result of a longstanding and extremely fruitful collaboration between the International Centre for the Preservation and Restor...
Colleagues Steven Saverwyns (head of the painting lab), Christina Currie (head of the imagery unit) and Eduardo Lamas (art historian) published an article on the use of macro-X-Ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) for the study of possible forgeries or copies. With MA-XRF it is possible to identify a large r...
The collective project Ornamenta sacra. An iconological study of the liturgical heritage from the Southern Netherlands (1400-1700), gathering scholars from different institutions (KIK-IRPA, UCL, KU Leuven), aims at conducting an iconological and anthropological research devoted to the late medieva...
The 18th triennial conference of ICOM-CC, from 4 to 8 September in Copenhagen, united over 1000 specialists from all corners of the world.  Our colleagues Marjolijn Debulpaep (head of the Preventive conservation unit), Emmanuelle Mercier (head of the polychrome wood sculpture studio) and Camil...
On 26 September 2017 (13.30h) the KIK-IRPA is organizing a second info-session on E-RIHS.BE, a potential Belgian node Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science that might be integrated into the European Research Infrastructure E-RIHS (http://www.e-rihs.eu)   E-RIHS is dedicated to Cultur...
  L'atelier des sculptures en bois polychromé de l'IRPA cherche à constituer une nouvelle réserve de conservateurs-restaurateurs pour renforcer l’équipe de l’atelier en fonction de ses projets et besoins. Vous pouvez postuler jusqu'au 1er septe...
Éditions Husson published The t'Serstevens Collection, a book dedicated to the photo collection of Emile and Marie t’Serstevens, a little gem rediscovered in the photo library of the KIK-IRPA in 2013. Emile Henri t’Serstevens and his wife Marie Dastot took around 2250 photos...
Jacopo Tintoretto's St Catherin from the former collection of David Bowie, on loan to the Rubens House, was studied by our head of imaging Christina Currie. Her examination of Tintoretto's underdrawing reveals that the painting is ten years older than presumed. The drawing also shows how he proceede...
On Friday 23 June the restored painting The return of the Holy Family by Rubens returned after 240 years to the Antwerp church of St Charles Borromeo for which it was painted.  The painting, which was in bad condition, was at the KIK-IRPA since 2011 for study and restoration. The result rather...
EuropeanaPhotography (EUROPEAN Ancient PHOTOgraphic vintaGe repositoRies of DigitAized Pictures of Historic qualitY) is a project governed by a unique consortium (19 representatives from 13 member states), uniting some of the most prestigious photographic collections from archives, publi...
After 6 years of management our general director a.i. Christina Ceulemans has retired end of May. Federal Secretary of State Zuhal Demir has nominated Hilde De Clercq as general manager a.i. since 1st of June 2017. Hilde De Clercq is a chemist and has headed the Laboratories department since 2006...
From 3 to 7 July 2017 the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage organizes a Summer Workshop with José Luiz Pedersoli Jr. (Scientia Pro Cultura, Brazil): Values at work! Quantitative value assessment (QVA) A practical tool to quantify the distribution of value in cultural heritage Up to 20 ...
L'IRPA espère pouvoir engager quelques étudiants jobistes entre le 1erjuillet et le 15 septembre prochain. Intéressés? Complétez le formulaire de recrutement dans votre rôle linguistique et transmettez-le à melanie.droumart@kikirpa....
We received 850 visitors on our open day of 9 March, 150 more than last year. It was once again a great pleasure for our restorers, art historians, chemists, engineers and photographers to share their passion and knowledge with an enthusiastic audience. Thanks to all participants! Our next open day...
Between Carpentry and Joinery. Wood Finishing Work in European Medieval and Modern Architecture: new book under the scientific coordination of Pascale Fraiture, Paulo Charruadas, Patrice Gautier, Mathieu Piavaux and Philippe Sosnowska.   From the examination of the historiography of finishing...
The non-profit organization Belgian committee of the Blue Shield asbl has launched a petition against the abolishment of the 'Art & Antiques' section of the Federal Judicial Police, which endeavoured to fight the illicit trafficking of works of art. The KIK-IRPA supports this petition. Press re...
The die is cast: from now on you can also follow us on Facebook. For the time being we only have a French and a Dutch page, but the images speak for themselves! Go to 'Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique - IRPA' (French) or 'Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium - KIK' (Dutch).
60% of the museum collections worldwide are at threat because of poor inventories and storage conditions. In 2011 ICCROM launched the RE-ORG programme with the aim of reorganizing museum storages. The Preventive conservation unit of the KIK-IRPA coordinates the implementation of the programme in Bel...
The activity report 2015 of the KIK-IRPA is now available in French and in Dutch (pdf). 
At the end of November our colleague Erik Buelinckx, art historian and library and information scientist, was elected member of the Europeana Members Council. At the KIK-IRPA Erik participates, amongst others, in the management of and in improving public access to the photo inventory, library cata...
L'IRPA recherche un(e) 'homme ou femme à tout faire et chauffeur(e)' dans le cadre d'une convention Premier Emploi. Il s'agit d'un contrat d'un an (prolongeable), à partir du 1er janvier 2017. Intéressé(e)? Envoyez votre candidature avant le 30 novembre 2016.  P...
The ICCROM has just launched a new section of its website dedicated to heritage science. this resource contains work undertaken in preparation of the ICCROM Forum 2013, and also subsequently in light of its findings. Here you will find an array of different materials including publications, think...
The Codex Eyckensis, the oldest book of Belgium and the oldest Gospel Book of the Benelux, has already been fully digitised in 2015. The exceptional manuscript is available online. Professor Lieve Watteeuw (KU Leuven, Illuminare, Book Heritage Lab) and Marina Van Bos (KIK-IRPA) will now further ex...
The exterior wings of the Ghent Altarpiece are restored and the result is spectacular! Thanks to the research and treatment by the restorers of the KIK-IRPA since 2012, the paintings and frames of the outer wing panels of the Ghent Altarpiece have returned greatly transformed to St Bavo's Cathedral...
MOLAB, ARCHLAB and FIXLAB - 3rd call for proposals MOLAB , ARCHLAB and FIXLAB have launched their 3d call for proposals.   MOLAB: Deadline September 15, 2016 ARCHLAB: Deadline September 15, 2016 FIXLAB: Deadlines September 15, October 1,  October 15, 2016    ...
    The Académie française has just given an award for the first monograph by the IRPA art historian, Pierre-Yves Kairis, published in 2015 (by the Parisian publishing house Arthéna) on the 17th-century painter and architect from Liège, Bertholet Flémal...
Our online database BALaT has been enriched with a catalogue raisonné of Brussels sculptor Jan Van Delen (c. 1635-1703). You can consult it here (in French). Thanks to the financial support of the Baillet Latour Fund this catalogue, complemented with a biographical study of Jan Van Delen, co...
From now on the KIK-IRPA gives access to all of its photographs through the BALaT database (excluding some funds bought under special conditions). All these images, including the thousands of digital photos taken the last years, are available for download in high resolution (300 dpi for A4...
The 34th issue of the Bulletin de l'Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique = Bulletin van het Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium is available. More information
The eleventh volume in our Scientia Artis series is now available:D'une même main. Peintures murales du xve siècle dans la principauté de Liège. Regards croisés sur la chapelle du château de Ponthoz et l'église de Bois.  More information 
The twentieth symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting will be held in Leuven in the context of the major exhibition In Search of Utopia. This symposium is entitled Imaging Utopia: New Perspectives on Northern Renaissance Art and will take place at the Centre for the Study...
On 9 March the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) went on mission to the Mariënlof Abbey in Kerniel (Limburg, Belgium) for the solemn opening of the  reliquary shrine of St Odilia from 1292. It is the oldest dated art work on panel in the Low Countries. It was acknowledged in...
Our open days of Thursday 3 March was a great success! More than 700 people visited our studios, laboratories and documentation units, almost twice as much as last year. We wish to thank all the professors of art history and conservation-restoration of the participating universities and academies, ...
The activity report 2014 of the KIK-IRPA is now available in French and in Dutch (pdf). 
The management of the KIK-IRPA wants to congratulate colleague Dominique Vanwijnsberghe with the Francqui chair 2015-2016 that was bestowed on him by the University of Namur. He received this honour on account of his reputation as a specialist of Medieval book illumination in our regions. The KIK-IR...
In September 2015 the team of the VERONA project (Van Eyck Research in OpeN Access), that documents and studies the works by Jan Van Eyck in European collections, went to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid to examine the Diptych with the Annunciation. Watch the video More on VERONA ...
From 20 September until 11 October the radiocarbon dating lab of the KIK-IRPA, in collaboration with Ghent University and volunteers of AVRA (Antwerp Association for Roman Archaeology), organises an excavation in Menorca, Spain. In the Iron Age, people were buried in a very special way on this islan...
Within the Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Culture Heritage ARCHLAB, MOLAB and FIXLAB call for proposals are open. Free access is available to world‐class scientific tools and knowledge from leading EU Cultural Heritage advanced research facilities for...
Exactly 50 years ago, on 11 June 1965, the announcement of the death of the Belgian researcher Paul Coremans was received worldwide as a great loss for art heritage. This first director of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) and renowned UNESCO expert travelled the world, from Borob...
In 2005 the KIK-IRPA and the Monuments and Sites Directorate of the Brussels-Capital Region signed a convention to create a database of wall papers. To facilitate consultation, the KIK-IRPA proposed to simultaneously assemble a glossary of wall paper. The inventory, which will be further complet...
The KIK-IRPA is partner of the European project PREFORMA. The veraPDF consortium, Easy Innova and MediaArea start development on open source file compliance checkers for documents, still images and moving image materials. The prototyping phase of the public pre-commercial procurement project PREFO...
The KIK-IRPA publishes the free e-book Frames and Supports in 15th and 16th-century Southern Netherlandish Painting by Hélène Verougstraete. This e-book is published with the support of The Getty Foundation as part of the Panel Paintings Initiative.  This e-book serves as an...
As a continuation of previous actions the KIK-IRPA now formalises its commitment to take all the necessary measures to decrease or at least restrain the impact of its activities on the environment, in conformity wih the Belgian federal plan for sustainable development. The conservation of our cult...
As a member of several national and international heritage associations (ICCROM, ICOMOS, International Committee of the Blue Shield, ICOM…) the KIK-IRPA supports the appeal of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council in order f...
Pioneer project of the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives, financed by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) within the framework of BRAIN-BE. More information
The proceedings of the international conference "CoMa 2013: Safeguarding Image Collections", held at the KIK-IRPA on 31 October 2013, are now available. The book offers the reader not only a wide variety of subjects relating to the preservation of image collections, but also an overview of the diffe...
The ELinC project, which started in February 2014, is a collaboration project between the KIK-IRPA (Painting laboratory, coordinator), the Royal Museums of Art and History and the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Design Sciences) in the framework of the BRAIN action (Belgian Research through Inte...
The 10th volume in our Scientia Artis series is now available: Machinae Spirituales. Les retables baroques dans les Pays-Bas méridionaux et en Europe. Contributions à une histoire formelle du sentiment religieux au XVIIe siècle. Scientific editors: Brigitte D'Hainaut-Z...
Call for contributions (deadline: 15 February 2015) Conference website Registration is now open
The new book in the Corpus-series of our Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives is now available: Los Angeles Museums by Diane Wolfthal and Catherine Metzger. This book represents the first comprehensive study of all the fifteenth-century Flemish paintings in Los Angeles, including those in ...
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 the...
Dans le cadre d'un projet d'étude approfondie et de restauration des Jardins clos de l'hospice des Sœurs augustines de Malines, l'IRPA se charge de différents aspects, parmi lesquels l'imagerie scientifique. La cellule Conservation préventive, en collaboration avec une lar...
The following text will be translated into English shortly. Le Bulletin de l'Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique est une revue scientifique consacrée à l'étude, la conservation et l'analyse scientifique du patrimoine culturel et artistique de la Belgique. La revue, do...
Our open days of Sunday 21 September in the framework of the Open Monument Days of the Brussels Capital Region were a great succes. We were pleased to welcome nearly 700 enthusiastic visitors in our restoration studios, laboratories and documentation services. Our personnel much appreciated the...
In 2015 the ICCROM organizes the fifth international SOIMA course (Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections) at the KIK-IRPA in Brussels. The SOIMA project aims to educate professionals worldwide for a better management of audiovisual collections (from safekeeping to restoration and disclosure) an...
On Wednesday 25 June 2014 the organisation vzw Kunstwijk/asbl Quartier des Arts presented their biannual award to the King Baudouin Foundation and to the KIK-IRPA. The award was granted for the restoration of the statue Caritas by Jan van Delen. Our Acting General Director Christina Ceulemans receiv...
A unique tool is now available for those in search of information on Belgian stained-glass windows from the 19th and 20th centuries. Over the years and in a very methodical manner, artist and master glass maker Ivo Bakelants collected a wealth of information on the stained windows in our country. ...
On 20 June the recent discoveries made during the research and conservation of the Ghent Altarpiece were presented to the press. After removing the yellowed varnish the conservators gradually realised that a considerable part of the visible paint layer is in fact overpaint. These observations were ...
This past May the Altarpiece of St. Denis returned to the Collegial church of St. Denis in Liège after a two-year restoration and study campagn. Thanks to the quality of its woodcarving, the particular character of its original partial polychromy and its impressive dimensions (...
On April 4th, 2014, PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives), of which the KIK-IRPA is a partner, organised an information day to present the call for tender, which will be launched as part of the pre-commercial procurement. The event, hosted by the KIK-IRPA, was succe...
Strategic Research Agenda for Cultural Heritage in Europe Published. Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage and Global Change identifies four key priority areas for cultural heritage research.  Press release (pdf) Strategic Research Agenda (pdf) More information on the JPI C...
New funding opportunity for transnational proposals The Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals in the area of cultural heritage. This Heritage Plus call is designed to generate new, research-b...
This is the KIK-IRPA’s first publication that is also available as an e-book!  A Masterly Hand. Interdisciplinary Research on the Late-Medieval Sculptor Master of Elsloo in an International Perspective gathers the results of two years of intensive interdisciplinary study of the Master ...
In March 2013 the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (IRPA-KIK) joined the European project AthenaPlus through which, among other activities, it will supply at least 100.000 cultural heritage objects with photos to Europeana. AthenaPlus is a European project which aims to contribute large amou...
From 27-29 November, representatives of governments from all regions of the world will meet in Rome for the General Assembly of ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), the intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of ...
On October 31 CoMa: Safeguarding Image Collections took place at KIK-IRPA, a conference dedicated to collection management, conservation and digitization. With 104 participants from 18 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa we can speak of a tremendous international success. Keynote-speaker Johan S...
KIK-IRPA launches BALaT, a new search module that replaces the search form of the online photo library and allows to search four data bases simultaneously: the photo library and library of KIK-IRPA, the Dictionnaire des peintres belges and a repertory of persons and institutes. It has several new ...
From 23 September until 16 October the 4th edition of SOIMA (Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections) takes place in Nairobi, Kenya. This course offers stakeholders from Africa and elsewhere a practical training in diverse aspects of the preven...
JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe   European cultural heritage is of exceptional importance. It enriches the lives of its citizens, contributes to the individual and mutual identity of European nations and has significant economic impact as it attracts millio...
  Les 27 et 28 juin 2013 le workshop « Assessing and managing risks to your collections » s’est tenu à l’IRPA.  Les 40 participants venus de toute la Belgique ont suivi avec attention la présentation et les exercices de Robert Waller venu to...
IRPA/KIK is pleased to announce the publication of issue 33 of its Bulletin. The broad range of articles are a selection of studies and restoration treatments carried out by the Institute between 2009 and 2012, as well as articles on art history and restoration. It is available at the Institute or c...
L'IRPA a inauguré ce 25 avril 2013 un accélérateur de particules couplé à un spectromètre de masse. Une première en Belgique ! Les datations radiocarbone vont désormais pouvoir être réalisées entièrement dans not...
The Centre for the study of the Flemish Primitives of the IRPA-KIK publishes ‘Ung bon ouvrier nommé Marquet Caussin'. Peinture et enluminure en Hainaut avant Simon Marmion, by Dominique Vanwijnsberghe. Until now, little was known about manuscript illumination in Hainault before the a...
In March 2012 the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (IRPA-KIK) joined the two-year European project Partage Plus in which 23 institutions from 21 countries participate. All in all around 75 000 objects in Art nouveau style (jewelry, posters,  furniture, stained-glass windows, ceramics, ar...
In the programme ‘Devoir d'enquête' (RTBF) of January 9 2013 journalist Gérard Rogge explores the phenomenon of art forgery... and runs through IRPA-KIK's different domains of expertise: X-radiography, infrared reflectography, tree ring study, radiocarbon dating, etc. Click here ...
Since its creation in 1948, one of IRPA-KIK's main tasks is the conservation of Belgium's exceptionally rich ecclesiastical heritage. Owing to the campaign ran by our Institute in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Belgium is the only country that disposes of a nearly exhaustive inventory of its heritage prese...
On the initiative of the Baltic Audiovisual Council (BAAC, Estonia) IRPA-KIK in cooperation with the Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections (CRCC, France) developed a workshop on the conservation of photographs. The meeting took place on 2 and 3 November in KUMU Art Museum in Tallin...
IRPA-KIK publishes The Brueg[H]el Phenomenon. Paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Younger with a Special Focus on Technique and Copying Practice by authors Christina Currie (IRPA-KIK) and Dominique Allart (ULg). The fascination exerted by the works of the illustrious Piete...
In June 2012 the RTBF programme Cinquante degré Nord broadcasted a report on the Textiles conservation-restoration workshop of IRPA/KIK. Click here to watch it!
In April 2012 the RTBF programme Cinquante degré Nord broadcasted a report on the Metal conservation-restoration workshop of IRPA/KIK. Click here to watch it!
La restauration des peintures et des sculptures. Connaissance et reconnaissance de l'œuvre.   Sous la direction de Pierre-Yves Kairis, Béatrice Sarrazin et François Trémolières.   Un panorama inédit des recherches actuelles sur la restauration ...
Following the fruitful gathering in Finland in August 2010 IRPA/KIK, in cooperation with the Ajuntament de Manacor and the Museu d'Història de Manacor, organises the 2nd International Mortar Dating Workshop - 17-21 September on Mallorca. Twenty experts in radiocarbon dating from Belgium,...
On 14 March 2012 the RTBF programme Cinquante degré Nord broadcasted a report on the Stone sculpture conservation-restoration workshop of IRPA/KIK. Click here to watch it!
On 17 February 2012 the RTBF programme Cinquante degrés Nord broadcasted a report on the Painting conservation-restoration workshop of IRPA/KIK. Click here to watch it!
Ces 15 et 16 mars, l'IRPA a accueilli le 3e Interim Meeting de CHARISMA (Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration). Cette plateforme européenne vise à coordonner la recherche autour du patrimoine artistiqu...
It is now possible to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece. A stunning and highly complex painting composed of separate oak panels, The Mystic Lamb of 1432 by Hubert a...
'The Romanesque Portals of the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Tournai: Contextualisation and Restoration' (Tournai, Maison de la Culture, 24 & 25 September 2012) The 12th century 'Porte Mantile' and 'Porte du Capitole' are among the most interesting Romanesque portals of Belgium. In the context of the...
In 2010 IRPA-KIK organised the Tree Rings, Art, Archaeology conference. The various articles gathered in the proceedings reflect the practices of fifteen European countries. The first objective of the conference was to review the notable advances over the last ten years. The second aim, focused more...
Pas moins de six publications ont été présentées ce 8 novembre 2011 à la presse et aux invités de l'IRPA. Chacune de ces publications offre une synthèse novatrice et souvent pionnière dans son domaine sur un pan de l'histoire de l'art de not...
Le Corpus Vitrearum Belgique et l'IRPA viennent de publier une étude minutieuse et systématique de tous les vitraux des provinces du Brabant wallon, du Hainaut, de Liège et de Namur datant d'entre 1550 et 1650. Le décryptage rigoureux que fournit Isabelle Lecocq de ces...
IRPA/KIK is co-organising a large international conference that will take place in Brussels November 16-18 2011. As a continuation of the Flemish Miniatures exhibition organised by the Royal Library of Belgium and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, New Perspectives on Flemish Illumination ...
The Musée provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois – Trésor d’Oignies in Namur presents an exhibition entitled Regards sur le bleu. Turquoise, saphir, lapis et autres minéraux bleus dans l’art et l’archéologie. A journey through blue colours of mi...
Imitation and Illusion. Applied Brocade in the Art of the Low Countries in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries In the late Middle Ages luxurious textiles were among the most highly prized indicators of status and wealth and an essential requirement of prestigious secular and ecclesiastical lif...
In 2010, Van Eyck's renowned Ghent Altarpiece was subjected to urgent conservation treatment within the Villa Chapel in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent. The altarpiece was temporarily dismantled for this intervention, which facilitated the making of new scientific imagary, funded by the Getty Foundati...
Second announcement with the preliminary agenda and the application form on-line. The deadline for applying is delayed till *September 10.*   In the framework of the European CHARISMA project, IRPA-KIK organises a workshop on textile dyeing with natural organic dyes. The workshop is aimed to...
Interdisciplinary research on the late-Medieval sculptor Master of Elsloo in an international perspective. IRPA-KIK's 12th Art History Seminar, taking place on 20-21 October 2011, will be focused entirely on the late-Medieval sculptor Master of Elsloo. Most of the sculptures attributed to this...
Le Centre des Primitifs flamands de l'IRPA vient de publier la première monographie sur Albrecht Bouts, avec en primeur un catalogue raisonné de près de 300 peintures dont plusieurs tableaux inédits. En combinant étude stylistique et documents de laboratoire, l...
*[Now with table of contents] Twenty years of scientific analysis dedicated to the painted works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and the copies by his son Pieter Brueghel the Younger have come to fruition in a new book: The Brueg(H)el phenomenonPaintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel ...
In preparation for the Colloquium Van Eyck Studies which takes place on September 19-21 2012 in Brussels, we are launching a call for papers on four subjects regarding Jan Van Eyck. The colloquium is organised in collaboration by IRPA/KIK, the Centre for the Study of Flemish Primitives, K.U. Leuven,...
TU Delft organises, in cooperation with different Belgian and Netherlandish partners, the 4th Flemish-Netherlandish day on natural stone. It is entitled: Stenen van binnen, stenen van buiten.Natuursteen in de Jonge Bouwkunst. Op woensdag 14 september 2011 zijn Nederlandse en Vlaamse deskundigen zo...
D'Ennion au Val Saint-Lambert. Le verre soufflé-moulé. Actes des 23e Rencontres de l'Association française pour l'Archéologie du Verre was just published in IRPA/KIK's Scientia Artis-series. D'Ennion, verrier syro-palestinien du Ier siècle de notre ère,...
Ce 29 janvier 2011, l'IRPA a organisé in situ un séminaire de réflexion consacré à l'architecture et aux décors du Musée d'Ansembourg à Liège. Ce musée, dévolu aux arts décoratifs liégeois du XVIIIe siè...
The Antwerp Museum Mayer van den Bergh presents an exhibition in which the four side panels of the Miraflores altarpiece by Juan de Flandes, a Flemish Primitive active in Spain, are reunited for the first time in centuries. One of the panels was recently rediscovered and was given, al...
Grâce à plusieurs fonds exceptionnels inédits, revivez la Grande Guerre telle que l'ont connue les Namurois. Deux expositions et un colloque sont consacrés à ce thème. Un livre est également publié à cette occasion. Folder (pdf)   ...
For the occasion of the Open monument days "Steen & Co" of the Brussels-Capital Region, on the weekend of September 18-19, IRPA/KIK opens its doors to the public. A unique opportunity to discover how our stone heritage is protected and preserved: the specialists of the Monuments unit and the Wor...
The makers of Rogier van der Weyden 1400 | 1464 - Master of Passions present The Anjou Bible - Naples 1340 – a royal manuscript revealed17 | 09 | 2010 » 05 | 12 | 2010 M Leuven After the extremely successful exhibition Rogier van der Weyden 1400|1464 – Master of Passions (2009), I...
"Omgaan met 20e eeuwse architectuur: gevelbekleding": IRPA/KIK, the Vlaams Instituut voor het Onroerend Erfgoed (VIOE) and the Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf (WTCB) organise a study day on facade coverings on 19th-century architecture. November 1...
Nouvelle publication autour de la conservation et la restauration des vitraux. En collaboration avec l'IRPA la Commission royale des Monuments, Sites et Fouilles (CRMSF, Région wallonne) et le Comité wallon pour le vitrail (CWV, associé au Corpus Vitrearum) publient La conservat...
Ce sculpteur de la fin du Moyen Âge doit son nom à une Sainte Anne trinitaire de l'église Saint-Augustin d'Elsloo, une représentation qui faisait encore partie, au dix-neuvième siècle, de l'inventaire du Munsterkerk de Ruremonde (Pays-Bas). Rares sont les scu...
Un projet international d'étude et de conservation de l'Agneau mystique a débuté à Gand en avril 2010. Durant sept mois, le polyptyque sera étudié pour déterminer si une restauration plus complète s'impose à court terme. Dans le cadre d...
RIHA (International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art), of which IRPA/KIK is a member, is pleased to announce the launch of RIHA Journal. The peer reviewed e-journal provides an up-to-date publishing platform for, and offers free access to, international research articles in t...
IRPA/KIK participates in CHARISMA (Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures), an ambitious research infrastructure project funded by the European Commission. In the framework of the project's networking activities we will contribute to the development of best practices and protocols towar...
IRPA/KIK is hosting a study day on repair mortar and artificial stone for the restoration of monuments. All communications will be in Dutch. Versteend erfgoed - omgaan met herstelmortel en kunststeen. Het KIK verwelkomt u op een studiedag rond herstelmortel en kunststeen voor de restauratie van mon...
IRPA/KIK has completed the conservation treatment of eight tapestries from the collection of the Museu de Lleida (Spain). After nearly ten years of painstaking work, these sixteenth-century Brussels masterpieces are ready to leave their city of origin again. From May 8 until October 3 2010 they will...
On the occasion of the ‘Erfgoeddag' (cultural heritage day) 2010 ‘Fake?', the Davidsfonds and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage are hosting a unique event on the theme of counterfeit art. The event presents the research on two paintings by master art forger-restorer Jef Van d...
IRPA/KIK is pleased to announce the publication of issue 32 of its Bulletin. The broad range of articles are a selection of studies and restoration treatments carried out by the Institute between 2006 and 2008, as well as articles on art history and restoration. It is available at the Institute or ...
Edouard Manet's painting Chez le père Lathuille from 1879 recently underwent conservation-restoration treatment at IRPA/KIK. The impressionist masterpiece is part of the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Tournai. It will shortly be flown to Japan for the exhibition Manet and...
  IRPA/KIK and the Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI) are organising a study day on water repellent treatments for monuments. Our survey of the evolution of hydrophobe agents and their long-term properties, resulting from a decennia-long cooperation between both institutes, assumes an ...
In cooperation with the Centro de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales (CCRBC) of Simancas (Spain), on November 12 and 13 IRPA/KIK will host two study days focusing on the conservation-restoration of easel painting and polychrome wood sculpture. This event follows on fro...
In partnership with the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, the Centre de recherche et de restauration des Musées de France and the contactgroup FNRS Historiographie et épistémologie de l’histoire de l’art, IRPA/KIK organizes the second study da...
Fifty years ago an exhibition that would have a major impact on the historiography of manuscript illumination from the Burgundian Netherlands took place in Brussels. Curated by the influential Belgian expert Léon Delaissé, La miniature flamande presented his fundamental ideas on the i...
A two-day symposium is organised by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (IRPA-KIK) and  the University of Antwerp in the framework of the Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) project Non-destructive Analysis of Cultural Heritage Objects (NACHO) financed by the Belgian Science Policy. Bes...
An art historian at IRPA/KIK has rediscovered an authentic work by the Spanish baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (ca. 1617-1682) in the reserves of the Stedelijk Museum Lier (province of Antwerp). Press conference on September 1. The information for the journalists is in our Press sec...
The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), with the collaboration of the Université de Liège, the Vrije Universtiteit Brussel, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Association du Patrimoine Artistique, is pleased to invite you to the conference Tree Rings, Art, A...
As a scientific partner IRPA/KIK has actively contributed to the exhibition at the Stadtmuseum of Trier dedicated to the painter of Liège origins Louis Counet (1652-1721): Barockmalerei an Maas und Mosel: Louis Counet und die Lütticher Malerschule. In the framework of this partnership, I...
IRPA/KIK's new publication, Pre-Eyckian Panel Painting in the Low Countries, is a landmark study on painting preceding the Flemish Primitives. For the first time, a considerable corpus of pre-Eyckian panel paintings was subjected to a thorough multidisciplinary study. This reference work is publishe...
This summer the Royal Palace in Brussels opens its doors to the public! From July 26 until September 13 the Belgian Science Policy presents, in cooperation with Technopolis®, an exhibition that demonstrates how "Science is everywhere". Each of the ten Belgian institutes, including IRPA/KIK, show...
  The Portrait of Nicolaes van Bambeeck is the only work by Rembrandt in a Belgian collection. The painting has just undergone a two-year conservation treatment at IRPA/KIK. Its return to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts is celebrated by an exhibition featuring its pair, the Portrait o...
In the framework of it's cooperation with the Junta de Castilla y León, on July 1 and 2 IRPA/KIK takes part in the study days organized by the Centro de Restauración de Bienes Culturales and the Dirección General de Patrimonio Cultural of Valladolid. They will focus on Flemis...
On Tuesday June 30 IRPA/KIK welcomes the first AR&PA forum, Economics of Cultural Heritage in Europe, organized by the Consejería de la Cultura y del Turismo (Spanish regional ministry for culture and tourism) and the Junta de Castilla y León (Castile and Leon Government, Spa...
Until December 31 2009 a focus exhibition at the Musée provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois takes a new look at the Walcourt panels and the Shrine of St. Maurice. Both works are examples of pre-Eyckian painting, produced around 1400 in the Southern Netherlands and preceding the art of the ...
This summer the Léon Courtin-Marcelle Bouché Fund presents an overview at the BELvue museum of its activities over the past five years with regards to the saveguarding of works of art from Belgian artists. The Fund will exhibit its purchases, restoration projects and publications as we...
  On the occasion of Printemps des Musées 2009, La Fonderie presents a new exhibition on the theme of wallpaper: Les murs ont des couleurs. This is the ideal opportunity to rediscover the varied ranges of motifs, materials, colours and techniques that represent the history of taste and ...
IRPA/KIK is cosignatory of a resolution emanating from the International Association of the Institutes of History of Art (RIHA) which claims an exemption of the royalties for work of scientific research.
The K.U.Leuven is hosting the Colloquium Rogier van der Weyden in Context from 22 to 24 October 2009. This 2009 colloquium is the XVII Symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting. The international conference will take place while the exhibition Rogier van der Weyden 1400/146...
Nouvelle publication de l'IRPA : Pre-Eyckian Panel Painting in the Low Countries pose des jalons déterminants pour la recherche sur la peinture antérieure aux Primitifs flamands. Pour la première fois, un groupe appréciable de panneaux pré-eyckiens est soumis ...
Ce 1er janvier 2009, l'ASBL Centre d'étude de la peinture du quinzième siècle dans les Pays-Bas méridionaux et la Principauté de Liège a été dissoute et incorporée à l'Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique. Le Centre conserve se...
In the framework of it's cooperation with the Junta de Castilla y León, on July 1 and 2 IRPA/KIK takes part in the study days organized by the Centro de Restauración de Bienes Culturales and the Dirección General de Patrimonio Cultural of Valladolid. They will focus on Flemis...
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