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

  • 1106

    Curlet Francois

    Belgium
    2007-06-20

  • 325

    Ulay

    Netherlands
    1993-03-24

  • 1115

    Calogero Etnarref


    2007-07-28

  • 27

    Weiner Lawrence

    United States
    1992-01-21

  • 1061

    Hofmann Hanspeter

    Switzerland
    2006-12-21

  • 578

    Grisi Laura

    Italy
    1994-03-26

  • 398

    Von Maltzan Gudrun

    France
    1993-06-03

  • 561

    Odenbach Marcel

    Germany
    1994-03-15

  • 702

    Tadini Emilio

    Italy
    1994-09-26

  • 1579

    Eyfjord Steingrimur


    2015-10-06