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

  • 766

    Middendorf Helmut

    Germany
    1994-12-06

  • 825

    Boyd and Evans F. and L.

    Great Britain
    1995-03-24

  • 1568

    Caldicott Richard

    United Kingdom
    2015-07-04

  • 776

    Uecker Günther

    Germany
    1994-12-09

  • 1444

    Rahbar Sara

    United States
    2012-01-20

  • 968

    Wüthrich Peter

    Switzerland
    2006-02-14

  • 560

    Nattermüller Ulrike

    Germany
    1994-03-15

  • 1399

    Vece Costa

    Switzerland
    2011-03-04

  • 1293

    Dodge Tomory

    United States
    2009-12-04

  • 862

    Scheffler Wolfram

    Germany
    1995-10-12