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

  • 785

    Neumann Max

    Germany
    1994-12-29

  • 1582

    Van San Tamara


    2015-10-27

  • 1011

    Grünfeld Thomas

    Germany
    2006-06-05

  • 876

    Agam Yaacov

    France
    1996-05-05

  • 140

    Lowe Peter

    Great Britain
    1992-06-24

  • 971

    Larsen Dirk

    United Kingdom
    2006-02-22

  • 553

    Mühl Otto

    Portugal
    1994-03-04

  • 1061

    Hofmann Hanspeter

    Switzerland
    2006-12-21

  • 372

    Gross Rainer

    United States
    1993-05-05

  • 1288

    Wood Jonas

    United States
    2009-11-17