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

  • 1602

    Galler Thomas


    2016-09-13

  • 1327

    Orlow Uriel

    United Kingdom
    2010-05-31

  • 410

    Kever Gerard

    Germany
    1993-06-17

  • 863

    Rawer Frank

    Germany
    1995-10-14

  • 920

    Haypeter Werner

    Germany
    2003-05-14

  • 1149

    Giehler Torben

    United States
    2008-02-08

  • 1240

    Leirner Jac

    Brazil
    2009-05-05

  • 1314

    Balmet Gilles

    France
    2010-03-26

  • 315

    Hundertwasser Friedensreich

    Austria
    1993-03-11

  • 707

    Tarasewicz Leon

    Poland
    1994-09-30