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

  • 757

    Wilding Ludwig

    Germany
    1994-11-22

  • 1567

    Beaudry Charlotte

    Belgium
    2015-05-05

  • 1486

    Albarracín Pilar

    Spain
    2012-12-04

  • 1130

    Ruggirello Jean Claude

    France
    2010-09-17

  • 1014

    Takeoka Yuji

    Germany
    2006-06-07

  • 562

    Umberg Günther

    Germany
    1994-03-15

  • 1272

    Persson Malin

    Netherlands
    2009-10-08

  • 1267

    Sarkisian Paul

    United States
    2009-09-21

  • 737

    Van Bergen Thé

    Belgium
    1994-10-28

  • 1048

    Nothdurfter Regina

    Austria
    2006-10-20