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

  • 1171

    Spring Lorenz

    Switzerland
    2008-05-27

  • 279

    Claus Carlfriedrich

    Germany
    1993-01-11

  • 35

    Aloe Carlo

    Switzerland
    1992-02-03

  • 566

    Bien Waldo

    Netherlands
    1994-03-19

  • 761

    Pfeiffer Walter

    Switzerland
    1994-12-01

  • 664

    Morellet Francois

    France
    1994-08-01

  • 1069

    Angeli Eduard

    Austria
    2007-01-23

  • 275

    West Franz

    Austria
    1992-12-31

  • 96

    Torreano John

    United States
    1992-04-08

  • 296

    Canogar Rafael

    Spain
    1993-02-08