The KIK-IRPA publishes different types of documents with the results of its research.

The collection Scientia Artis - monographs, exhibition catalogues and conference proceedings - presents the results of research projects and scientific events (co)organized by KIK-IRPA.

Since 1958, the Bulletin presents the results of the Institute’s main research studies and interventions on a regular basis. The call for articles for the Bulletin 35 is open.

Every department in the Institute publishes other publications on more specific subjects.



The t'Serstevens Collection. At Second Sight: the Photographer's Oeuvre

Published in april 2017


Illustrations: 68 black & white photos
Texts (KIK-IRPA): Hilke Arijs, Élodie De Zutter & Jeroen Reyniers, with the collaboration of Jenny Coucke, Stijn De Groof & Sander Raes
Language: trilingual English, Dutch and French
Published by Husson Éditeur
ISBN: 9-782916-249-97-1

Price: 30 €*


The t'Serstevens Collection offers a selection of the most captivating images from the collection of Émile t'Serstevens and his wife Marie Dastot, a little gem rediscovered in the photo library of the KIK-IRPA in 2013. The couple took around 2250 photos that offer a unique view of the daily life of the bourgeoisie around 1900. 

Between Carpentry and Joinery. Wood Finishing Work in European Medieval and Modern Architecture - Published in December 2016



Under the scientific coordination of Pascale Fraiture, Paulo Charruadas, Patrice Gautier, Mathieu Piavaux and Philippe Sosnowska
Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, 2016
Scientia Artis 12
Language: English
270 pages, 100 black and white and 100 colour illustrations
ISBN 978-2-930054-28-5
Price: 45 €*

Table of contents (pdf)

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From the examination of the historiography of finishing work in wood for architecture from the medieval to modern period, it is clear that this field of research is the poor relation of historical and archaeological studies, with the lion’s share focusing on the structural work of carpentry. It is on the basis of this observation that the present work has been produced, which results from a conference held in Brussels in 2013. The work demonstrates first the real interest in an approach to finishing work for the study of ancient buildings and the establishment of a precise chronology for their phases of layout as well as in obtaining better understanding of material cultures and ways of living.

Second, it reiterates that the limit between carpentry and joinery was often porous, sometimes artificial. Finally, the work stresses that an overall approach to the use of wood is crucial to comprehensively address the organisation of a building, the logic of its construction and its ‘utilisation’, and more generally, the complex history of the buildings studied. This work, which thus represents a first step toward an overall approach of ‘wood material’ in European architecture, includes thirteen contributions divided into two thematic sections in keeping with current research practices. The first addresses the divide between structural and finishing work via the question of flooring, ceiling and roofing techniques. The second focuses intrinsically on finishing work by examining the contribution of this craft domain to the organisation, comfort and ornamentation of houses.



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