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

  • 77

    Schultze Bernard

    Germany
    1992-03-16

  • 1390

    Saban Analia

    United States
    2010-12-03

  • 759

    Davis Douglas

    United States
    1994-11-26

  • 473

    Bargoni Giancarlo

    Italy
    1993-09-22

  • 957

    Pacquée Ria

    Belgium
    2005-06-14

  • 1582

    Van San Tamara


    2015-10-27

  • 1616

    Rossi Maxime


    2017-05-09

  • 1375

    Snelling Tracey

    United States
    2010-10-04

  • 398

    Von Maltzan Gudrun

    France
    1993-06-03

  • 555

    Uncini Giuseppe

    Italy
    1994-03-08