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

  • 336

    Nechvatal Joseph

    France
    1993-04-06

  • 33

    Raveel Roger

    Belgium
    1992-01-31

  • 1036

    Weber Marnie

    United States
    2006-09-29

  • 601

    Domenig Gerald

    Germany
    1994-04-25

  • 160

    Voth Hannsjorg

    Germany
    1992-07-23

  • 143

    Deleu Luc

    Belgium
    1992-07-01

  • 652

    Holt Sara

    France
    1994-06-18

  • 1229

    Dalwood Dexter

    Great Britain
    2009-03-31

  • 940

    Ragalzi Sergio

    Italy
    2004-04-14

  • 413

    Ucles Joseph

    Spain
    1993-06-21