Ruckers genootschap VZW
Founded in 1969 in order to preserve, enlarge and study the collection of musical instruments hosted at the museum Vleeshuis in Antwerp, promoting a better understanding of the craft of instrument making and enhance a better understanding of early music.
The society was named after Hans Ruckers who devised the final concept of the harpsichord. He was the founder of the famous workshop for harpsichord making in Antwerp during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Changing trends in art represented very often a threat to the cultural heritage of predecessing times. Human minds developed new techniques and superseded traditional crafts destroying evidence for the future. Unlike paintings, instruments were not always considered as part of our cultural heritage; modern harpsichords were made with pianolike features providing no historical information for the interpretation of music.
The Ruckers Genootschap took an active part during the second half of the 20th century in the recognition of instruments as part of our cultural heritage providing accurate contemporary information on the interpretation of music by organizing:
- Colloquia: in 1970 and 1977 on Conservation, Restoration and Copying instruments with historical accuracy. In 1989, 1991 and 1993 a new forum was offered with the organization of Antverpiano, organised under the supervision of Jos van Immerseel. The most prominent scholars, instrument makers, directors of musical instrument collections, technicians and performers took part in these discussions.
- Summercourses from 1971 to 1995 on historic instruments.