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

See the KIK-IRPA's main projects


Call for papers seminar confiscated art
Call for papers for the 19th Art historical seminar of the KIK-IRPA, in collaboration with the Groupe d’études du XVIIIe siècle et des révolutions de l’Université de Liège and the Centrum Rubenianum Antwerp: A new look at the confiscation of heritage...
Heaven! Science and culture at the Royal Palace
The Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), in collaboration with the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the ten federal scientific establishment (among which the KIK-IRPA) and the National Geographic Institute, is offering Belgian and international visitor...
10-11|10|2017 Plaster as an art material conference
The KIK-IRPA and Epitaaf - Vereniging voor funeraire archeologie are organising the international conference Uniqueness and multiplication: plaster as an art material  on 10-11 October 2017 at the KIK-IRPA in Brussels. Conference website
18-19|01|2018 ELinC conference
The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels, Belgium), the University of Antwerp (UA, Antwerp, Belgium) and the Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG-MRAH, Brussels, Belgium) invite you to submit an abstract for our two-day conference European Lacquer in Context (ELinC) on 18 and ...
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...