A 'home' for the artists Lodewijk Mortelmans, Frans Mortelmans, and their cousin Franck Mortelmans which become all attentions they deserve.
Also the art circles of De Scalden and Lumière have their attention.
This privat museum is located nearly 20m away from the parents home at Klapdorp 121, where several generations of the Mortelmans grew up. The exposition rooms are on the first and second floor.
With the participation of the Mortelmans foundation, the Bösendorfer quarter grand piano of Lodewijk Mortelmans is sheltered here.
Philibert Mees who played for many years on this exceptional instrument, bought earlier this piano from composer and conductor Ivo Mortelmans, son of Lodewijk.
Several pianists such as Jozef de Beenhouwer, Peter Vanhove, Nina Ardashirova, Sylvia Traey, Gabriel Hollander, Kiyotaka Izumi, gaved us great pleasure to play on this piano.
The official opening took place on saturday 30th of april 2011. On this particular day Philip Heylen, alderman of culture of the city of Antwerp, aswell many family members and art lovers came to visit the opening.
Peter Vanhove played some piano works of Lodewijk Mortelmans on the Bösendorfer.
NAVEA - SABAM : Nr 1
1922 - Lodewijk Mortelmans was also founder, founding member and first president of the authors rights association NAVEA, with membership Nr. 1, and was member of the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences, Literature and Fine Arts.
(NAVEA is the actual SABAM in Belgium)
SABAM : COMMEMORATIVE PLATE
As token of appreciation SABAM granted a cupper commemorative plate.
Ben Geyselinck and Jan Baeyens (former secretaries) of the 'friends of SABAM' handed it over to Dirk Schiltz.
This plate has been placed on the outside of the Mortelmans house.
NAVEA : DE MUZIEKWARANDE
From 1922 to 1929 it was a music magazine that more or less functioned as an unofficial monthly magazine from NAVEA. After all, Emiel Hullebroeck was the chief editor and, of course, closely involved with NAVEA as vice-president. From 1930 (as announced in the magazine) to the end in 1932 it was the official magazine of NAVEA.
Edited in 01.01.1923 - The board of NAVEA is composed as follow:
- Lodewijk Mortelmans, president
- Lode Bakelmans and Emiel Hullebroeck, vice-president
- Lode Monteyne, secretary
- Edward Verheyden, assistant-secretary
- Frans Van Dyck, treasurer
- Flor Alpaerts and Jan Broeckx, members