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

  • 583

    Millefiore Pietro

    Italy
    1994-03-29

  • 1262

    Sanford Tom

    United States
    2009-09-02

  • 837

    Bucher Carl

    Switzerland
    1995-05-02

  • 1107

    Bielesz Magda

    Poland
    2007-06-28

  • 231

    Schapiro Miriam

    United States
    1992-10-26

  • 1538

    Yilin Lin

    China
    2014-03-11

  • 87

    Longo Robert

    United States
    1992-03-31

  • 361

    Billgren Ernst

    Sweden
    1993-04-28

  • 1079

    Komad Zenita

    Austria
    2007-03-12

  • 69

    Carr-Harris Ian

    Canada
    1992-03-06