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

  • 578

    Grisi Laura

    Italy
    1994-03-26

  • 821

    Finelli Pietro

    Italy
    1995-03-22

  • 1447

    Hall Everest

    United States
    2012-02-03

  • 430

    Serrano Andres

    United States
    1993-07-09

  • 1193

    Knap Jan

    Czechoslovakia
    2008-08-07

  • 221

    Schmidt Heins Barbara

    Germany
    1992-10-19

  • 1151

    Mendonca Bruno

    France
    2008-02-11

  • 1079

    Komad Zenita

    Austria
    2007-03-12

  • 1280

    Ink Melli

    Switzerland
    2009-10-23

  • 511

    Duchateau Hugo

    Belgium
    1993-11-29