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

  • 1344

    Beckett James

    Netherlands
    2010-08-02

  • 704

    Torres Manuel

    Switzerland
    1994-09-26

  • 1429

    Müller Stefan

    Germany
    2011-11-30

  • 151

    Marx Karl

    Germany
    1992-07-16

  • 289

    Albuquerque Lita

    United States
    1993-01-19

  • 641

    Strider Majorie

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 783

    Damisch Gunther

    Austria
    1994-12-26

  • 166

    Viscontini Francois

    Switzerland
    1992-07-28

  • 657

    Hernandez Pigoan Joan

    Spain
    1994-06-29

  • 321

    Lakner Laszlo

    Germany
    1993-03-22