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

  • 886

    Sultan Donald

    United States
    1998-01-14

  • 324

    Sow Ousmane

    Senegal
    1993-03-24

  • 1256

    Fournier Vincent

    Belgium
    2009-06-11

  • 720

    Sinaga Fernando

    Spain
    1994-10-12

  • 624

    Charlesworth Sarah

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 665

    Cordier Pierre

    Belgium
    1994-08-08

  • 1241

    Koliusis Nikolaus

    Germany
    2009-05-06

  • 1017

    Schaarmann Werner

    Germany
    2006-06-08

  • 219

    NoŽl Georges

    France
    1992-10-15

  • 686

    Ro Eun Nim

    Germany
    1994-09-09