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

  • 1560

    Bächli Silvia

    Switzerland
    2015-02-26

  • 1566

    Tiago Alexandre

    Portugal
    2015-04-15

  • 1202

    Suermondt Robert

    Belgium
    2008-09-24

  • 648

    Olaf Erwin

    Netherlands
    1994-06-14

  • 192

    Hoyland John

    Great Britain
    1992-08-29

  • 1493

    Kevans Annie

    United Kingdom
    2013-03-15

  • 258

    Vroegindewey Leo

    Netherlands
    1992-12-09

  • 482

    Collin Thiébaut Gérard

    France
    1993-10-04

  • 302

    Morandis Gino

    Italy
    1993-02-18

  • 1460

    Takemura Kei

    Germany
    2012-03-02