The Conservation-Restoration Department


The Conservation-Restoration Department at KIK-IRPA consists of 9 workshops, according to the materials studied. They mainly work for museums, churches, public collections and listed monuments but they can also work for private collectors when a work of art is of high quality and displays a major research interest.

The workshops carry out many different assignments. On the one hand, they give advise to owners and ensure the conservation of works of art in situ. On the other hand, they study the objects and proceed to the conservation and/or restoration treatment within the workshops. Finally, they narrow the scientific research in collaboration with the art historians from the Documentation Department and the chemists from the laboratories.

Before considering any treatment whatsoever, the laboratories and the imaging section study the woks of art thoroughly in order to determine the most appropriate intervention.

Every work of art treated is subject to a separate file, put together by the person in charge of the treatment. Photo, X-rays, reflex printing, UVR observations and laboratory analysis make up the document. The opinion of an international commission is sometimes asked when a masterpiece is to be restored.

If KIK-IRPA specialises above all in the study and treatment of pieces from Belgium's heritage, the objects treated in its workshops are from very different origins and historic periods. If you own a work of art of particular historical or artistic interest, you can submit a request for an opinion from one or more of IRPA’s team of experts. After assessing your request, they will decide whether or not to accept; note that IRPA reserves the right to refuse work that it does not consider to be of sufficient interest.

Former collaborators of KIK-IRPA can claim the title of corresponding restorer.

Acting head of department:
Cyriel Stroo -