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

  • 1247

    Bill Jakob

    Switzerland
    2009-05-15

  • 2

    Swennen Walter

    Belgium
    1991-11-05

  • 624

    Charlesworth Sarah

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 11

    Schumacher Emil

    Germany
    1991-12-11

  • 201

    Trenkwalder Elmar

    Austria
    1992-09-08

  • 1046

    Winstanley Paul

    United Kingdom
    2006-10-20

  • 777

    Van Ofen Michel

    Germany
    1994-12-09

  • 1169

    Breuning Olaf

    United States
    2008-04-29

  • 1603

    Winarto Eric


    2016-09-16

  • 15

    Kloppers Willem

    Netherlands
    1991-12-16