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Heritage Days

Since 1989, the Heritage Days have been one of Belgium’s most keenly anticipated cultural events, drawing in thousands of visitors from Brussels, Wallonia, Flanders and beyond. The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage will participate in the activities supported by with a special programme linked to the festivities for its 75th anniversary.

Date and time
16 September 2023 10:00 - 17 September 2023 17:00

On the road with KIK-IRPA

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) invites you to rediscover Brussels and its heritage from the point of view of its specialists, who have been cataloguing, studying and preserving Belgium's cultural and artistic heritage for the past 75 years, far from the public eye. Whether in the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon, where a triptych by Michiel Coxcie has just been reinstalled after a period of study and restoration by the Painting Studio, or at the Théâtre Royal de Toone where, at the request of, an inventory and studies are being carried out by the institute's historians and its Preventive Conservation Unit, or at the Cauchie House, where the Decoration of Monuments Unit has completed analyses... You will quickly realise that each site requires a tailor-made, interdisciplinary approach, in collaboration with a large number of stakeholders. This is an opportunity to discover the current issues as climate and societal change reveal the importance of working together to imagine the future of our heritage. The tour will end at KIK-IRPA with an exclusive visit to the Polychrome Wood Sculpture Studio, where an altarpiece from Milan by Brussels sculptor Jan II Borman is being restored following an in-depth study.

Duration: 2h30
Places available per tour: 18 people
Saturday 16 September at 10 am (FR) and 2 pm (NL/EN)
Sunday 17 September at 10 am (NL/EN) and 2 pm (FR)

Maison Cauchie - Guided tour with expert

Saved from destruction in 1975 and restored for over fifteen years from 1980 onwards, it has been the subject of a new study over the last two years by the firm Architectures Parallèles and KIK-IRPA. This research has shed light on some of the decor that disappeared over 50 years ago. During this visit, discover the eventful life of the Maison Cauchie and learn more about the research and techniques of the IRPA scientists from our expert Emmanuelle Job from the Cellule des décors de monuments.

Address: Rue des Francs 5, 1040 Etterbeek
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Groups: maximum 15 participants (including teachers and/or accompanying adults)
Times: Sunday 17 September at 11 am (FR), 1 pm (NL), 2 pm (FR) and 3 pm (NL)


KIK-IRPA has given carte blanche to the Centre du Film sur l'Art, an institution that has devoted over four decades to the preservation, study and dissemination of documentary films focusing on artistic creation. Their choice was the film Restaurée by Franco-Iranian director Anaïs Enshaian. Released in 2022, the film delves into the delicate world of restoring works of art. But far from being a simple technical documentary, Restored draws strength from the director's personal story. Anaïs' mother, who recently died of cancer, was an art restorer. The film explores profound contemporary themes such as maternal sacrifice for the creation of others and philosophical reflections on restoration as an act of defiance in the face of death. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Anaïs Enshaian, providing a valuable opportunity for exchange and reflection.

Saturday 16 September at 7 pm
Restaurée - Anaïs Enshaian - 2022 - 68’

Upcoming KIK-IRPA events

Summer School 2024: Saving energy for cultural heritage institutions

01 July 2024 09:00 - 12 July 2024 18:00 - KIK-IRPA, Brussels

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) is organizing an international Summer School in partnership with The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

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Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders 2024 – Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture

23 June 2024 00:00 - 03 July 2024 00:00 - Belgium

Annually, the Summer Course brings a select group of 18 highly qualified young researchers to Flanders. They are offered an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific art historical period of Flemish art. The 8th edition of the Summer Course will focus on ‘Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture’. It will be held from 23 June until 3 July 2024.

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