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

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11|09|2018 Ghent Altarpiece study day
The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) and Ghent University (UGent) are pleased to announce the 2nd Ghent Altarpiece International Study Day on 11 September 2018 in Ghent. This event takes place one day before the renowned Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing ...
Victor Horta: wallpapers and fabrics
On the occasion of the Victor Horta year Horta Inside Out, the Autrique House prepares the exhibition Horta Motifs, dedicated to wallpapers and fabrics in the Brussels art nouveau interiors. Wivine Wailliez, our colleague from the Decoration of monuments unit who is responsible for the inventory ...
Victor Horta: online photo exhibition
All through the year 2018 the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) will participate in the project Horta Inside Out by offering the public and specialists alike a broad access to its collection of negatives illustrating numerous creations of the architect Victor Horta. Our photo library ...
12-14|09|2018 Symposium The Bruegel Success Story
The Bruegel Success Story. Creative Process, Imitation, Emulation, Workshop Organization and Business Strategies (Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting) will take place from 12 to 14 September 2018 at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels. The lang...