The foundation was established in the city of Antwerp, on March 24th 1994.
Initially the foundation started under the name "Stichting Lodewijk Mortelmans", which was extended and changed in 2002 into "Lodewijk & Frans Mortelmans", and since 2014, its official name is "Stichting Mortelmans".
Thus the whole artistic family is explained.
The foundation wants to promote and stimulate the recognition and appreciation of the works of both these composers and painters. Its aim is to support concert organisers, promote CD recordings, exhibit paintings in various galleries and museums, and contribute to any form of publication. This website is a first step.
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-lieder" by Mortelmans.
That’s how I enjoyed this music.
May you too enjoy the publication of Mortelmans lieder,
Let me wish this for you.
Until now (2021), our website has grown into a meeting place with over 18000 visitors from 126 countries.
The music of Lodewijk Mortelmans and the painting of Frans Mortelmans are now appreciated all over the world.
Since the start of this foundation in 1994, 51 CD's have been released containing music by Lodewijk Mortelmans, and with each exhibition with works of Frans Mortelmans the number of visitors increases.
The statistics of this website confirm the international recognition of their works, with visitors from countries such as:
America, Argentinia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, China, Croatia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Roemenia, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, South-Africa, South-Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vietnam, ..