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

  • 919

    Felber Gina Lee

    Germany
    2003-05-13

  • 611

    Argimon Daniel

    Spain
    1994-05-19

  • 53

    Vaccari Wainer

    Italy
    1992-02-25

  • 1546

    Odita Odili

    Nigeria
    2014-04-18

  • 1125

    Dijkstra Anno

    Netherlands
    2007-09-10

  • 587

    Perrin Carmen

    Switzerland
    1994-04-03

  • 725

    Smith Jack

    Great Britain
    1994-10-17

  • 535

    Hiller Susan

    Great Britain
    1994-01-17

  • 123

    Lasker Jonathan

    United States
    1992-05-26

  • 246

    Pozzati Concetto

    Italy
    1992-11-30