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

  • 1279

    Spoelstra Renie

    Netherlands
    2009-10-22

  • 1346

    Alejo Mauricio

    United States
    2010-08-02

  • 1548

    Michel Eric

    France
    2014-05-13

  • 1525

    Ellis Tim

    United Kingdom
    2013-12-13

  • 1284

    Horowitz Jonathan

    United States
    2009-11-05

  • 536

    Antes Horst

    Germany
    1994-01-19

  • 566

    Bien Waldo

    Netherlands
    1994-03-19

  • 962

    Kuypers Theo

    Netherlands
    2005-12-19

  • 1381

    Rehberger Tobias

    Germany
    2010-10-26

  • 608

    Arman

    France
    1994-05-13