The foundation was established in the city of Antwerp, on March 24th 1994.
The initial name "Stichting Lodewijk Mortelmans" was changed in 2002 as "vzw Lodewijk & Frans Mortelmans", and since 2014 as "Stichting Mortelmans".
The foundation wishes to promote recognition and appreciation for the composer and both painters, by stimulating music performances, encouraging CD recordings, aswell by promotion of painting exhibitons throughout various galleries and musea.
The "Mortelmans Foundation" contributes to the scientific patrimony by drawing up an inventory and by a thorough study of these master’s lifes and works.
In the soul of the poet sings a wonderfull song; and it is his art,
to translate this song of the soul into words. Into rhythms and sounds.
Composers with a poet’s soul catch this song, and keep it in their mind and hart
during months and years, and it changes into pulsing tones, into higher music,
with the smell of nature, with the breath of the poetic soul.
Poet and composer understood each other.
They breathed together; they became one, and the song in words
became a song in tones, which came forth out of their souls into the listening air.
That is what I thought and felt, listening to the "Gezelle-songs" by Mortelmans.
That’s how I enjoyed this music.
I hope that you may enjoy the edition of Mortelmans’s songs as well.