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

  • 701

    Fricker H R

    Switzerland
    1994-09-26

  • 1492

    Pommerer Peter

    Germany
    2013-03-05

  • 1578

    Heppner Dagmar

    Germany
    2015-09-15

  • 616

    Arnoldi Charles

    United States
    1994-06-06

  • 764

    Grommek Joachim

    Germany
    1994-12-05

  • 502

    Oppenheim Yves

    France
    1993-11-07

  • 1133

    Montgomery Jeanette Barron

    Italy
    2007-10-10

  • 931

    Aguilar Sergi

    Spain
    2003-09-09

  • 1516

    Makishima Takeshi

    Japan
    2013-08-09

  • 84

    Ramos Mel

    United States
    1992-03-23