Conservation and restoration for museums, professional collectors, churches and art lovers.
Workshop & laboratory
IPARC has its headquarters in a business premises on the outskirts of Brussels, situated very close to the national (cargo) airport and at the junction of the main approach roads; it is easily reached by public transport. This ensures that the journey from home to work is a convenient one for both staff and trainees.
When fitting out the workshop (ca 700 m2) we heavily invested in security, fire detection technology, organization and adequate adaption of the climate requirements of the work zone of each individual specialism.
Potentially damaging, dust-proof/dusty, and noisy activities are isolated from each other; the laboratory, moreover, is located in a separate zone, so that all analyses can take place together, with direct access to digitalisation via camera or computer. The workshop is fully equipped, so that several objects can be treated in parallel, and has a wide range of technical equipment, easels and treatment tables, including a hot vacuum table. In setting it up, particular attention was paid to the organisation of the materials and the inventorying of materials and objects.
Extraction is provided at a number of points where vapours and odours may be released in the course of treatment.
IPARC’s qualified and certified conservators work in different teams based on the topology of art objects i.e. old master paintings, modern and contemporary art, wood, stone, textile, polychromic objects and metals. We work on old and modern masters, contemporary art, wood, polychromic sculpture, stone, textile, metal, paper as well as visual media
The storage facility ARTPORT is a climate- controlled depot for works of art and heritage objects. ARTPORT is located in Kampenhout, a short 20 mins drive from Brussels-Zaventem airport, 30 mins from Antwerpen and 15 mins from Leuven. Artport houses a 700 m2 workshop, laboratories and studio and offers extended (2000 m2) storage facilities for clients. Fitting out the depot we fully complied with the RE-ORG principles (ICCROM).
The storage can be short term or long term and is also suitable for emergency storage. Both groupage and individual boxes are an option as are specific zones. Separate entrance is possible depending on availability. The storage facility has been operational since 2016 and is fitted out with security surveillance, climate control and a fire detection system – all in accordance with the latest guidelines.
IPARC offers all these services in one location. Collection services and storage facilities are under the same roof and as such make up for an integrated approach. Any manipulation and all handling of works of art are done by certified conservators only.
ICM – IPARC INTEGRATED CONTAMINATION MANAGEMENT – Ecological solutions to decontaminate art objects
In museums and collections worldwide, there are two related and interlinked problems threatening art works and heritage objects for which ICM and IPARC are offering ecological solutions: infestation by insects and biocides residues. Insects can damage objects made of organic material to a point of complete destruction if undetected or if no action is taken. Most of biocides are now forbidden in Europe but for years substances such as Arsenic, Mercury, Naphthalene, PCP, DDT, Lindane have been widely used to fight insect and fungi attacks. Tens of millions of objects are contaminated and expose people who are in contact with them to severe illness.