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

  • 725

    Smith Jack

    Great Britain
    1994-10-17

  • 41

    Baechler Donald

    United States
    1992-02-11

  • 855

    Brodwolf Jürgen

    Germany
    1995-08-16

  • 871

    Heiliger Bernhard

    Germany
    1996-03-23

  • 724

    Schwarzinger Franz

    Austria
    1994-10-17

  • 27

    Weiner Lawrence

    United States
    1992-01-21

  • 598

    Baumgarten Bodo

    Germany
    1994-04-22

  • 1074

    Verleyen Herwig

    Belgium
    2007-02-02

  • 630

    Lady Pink

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 563

    Vary Elisabeth

    Germany
    1994-03-15