Collectors

Veerle Swenters and Pierre Bogaerts

Veerle Swenters and Pierre Bogaerts

20 years ago we ended up in shoe business because of Veerle's father being a shoemaker in Antwerp. 2 years later we started the SONS project.

Collecting all the artists addresses was quite a challenge itself and then contacting them.

Writing over and over again, hours on the phone... it was a huge task. In no time we wrote over 1000 letters to the most famous artists: Arman, Baselitz, Fabre, Long, Panamarenko, Pistoletto, Richter, Wesselman etc...

Pretty soon we received positive reactions motivating us to continue this project. From the beginning many artists even transformed their shoes into an artwork.

Hence the title: "Shoes or no Shoes ?"

Are they real artworks or common shoes?

It's pleasant to ask this question to the visitors.

Many people like to ask us what our favourite object is and which artist we like the most. Actually we don't have a favourite because we consider the collection an entity and not individual contributions. That makes it hard to tell which object exactly is our number one.

Today Pierre and Veerle are still going on and they are even enriching the collection with authors (texts about shoes) and cartoonists (drawings).

Complete collection

Complete collection

  • 1303

    Garcia-Alix Alberto

    Spain
    2010-02-01

  • 3

    Charlier Jacques

    Belgium
    1991-11-21

  • 933

    Rafols Casamada Alberto

    Spain
    2003-09-10

  • 1134

    Andrea Pat

    France
    2007-11-07

  • 1043

    Adami Valerio

    France
    2006-10-13

  • 785

    Neumann Max

    Germany
    1994-12-29

  • 1182

    Bazak Ivan

    Germany
    2008-06-18

  • 1472

    Cabellut Lita

    Spain
    2012-04-04

  • 216

    Villeglé Jacques

    France
    1992-10-12

  • 873

    Rotelli Marco Nereo

    Italy
    1996-03-23