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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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...
9|03|2017 Open days at the KIK-IRPA
The KIK-IRPA invites you to its Open Days on Thursday 9 March 2017. A unique occasion to get an inside view of the study and restoration of art works. You can stroll along the different documentation units, studios and laboratories  where our experts will explain their work. We welcome you on ...
27-28|04|2017 Call for papers
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...