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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15|06-17-09 Exhibition German negatives
Our exhibition on the German negatives in the Brussels Park was inaugurated today by Zuhal Demir, Secretary of State for Science Policy, and Hilde De Clercq, our new Acting General Manager.  This summer the KIK-IRPA goes public with one of its most impressive collections in an open air exhibit...
Expo restoration|REVELATION prolonged
The exhibition restoration|REVELATION: the Exterior Wings of the Ghent Altarpiece has been prolonged until 26 November 2017. 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 th...