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

  • 1461

    Planes Bertrand

    France
    2012-03-12

  • 587

    Perrin Carmen

    Switzerland
    1994-04-03

  • 740

    Steinbrenner Hans

    Germany
    1994-11-01

  • 723

    Christian Abraham David

    Germany
    1994-10-17

  • 224

    Tilson Joe

    Great Britain
    1992-10-19

  • 496

    Nalin Danielle

    Italy
    1993-10-31

  • 794

    Albrecht Herbert

    Austria
    1995-01-31

  • 520

    Kirchhoff Thorsten

    Italy
    1993-12-14

  • 836

    Wasserburger C A

    Germany
    1995-04-20

  • 575

    Schifano Mario

    Italy
    1994-03-25