Innovative KU Leuven spin-off helps conserve precious works of art


A new KU Leuven spin-off company named CHARP has developed an innovative system to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful works of art.

The Belgian company has developed top-notch software that can closely monitor the conditions of a work of art – think of the air quality, the amount of light the artwork is exposed to, humidity, and so on. 

All of these factors can make a work of art deteriorate, so it’s vital to closely monitor such things. CHARP’s innovative software can trigger a warning when the values go beyond the delicate micro-environment of a work of art. 

You can witness the technology in action simply by travelling to one of the country’s more popular tourist attractions: the Ghent Altarpiece depicting the Mystic Lamb. The start-up also has international clients and is now ready to expand to greater artistic horizons. 

The company is the result of a fruitful collaboration between engineer Geert Bauwens and computer scientist Maarten Rimaux. 

Congratulations to these brilliant Belgian minds, whose work will surely have a positive impact on the art world.