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

  • 246

    Pozzati Concetto

    Italy
    1992-11-30

  • 463

    Scheibl Hubert

    Austria
    1993-09-02

  • 1439

    Hellmich Christian

    Germany
    2012-01-13

  • 987

    Bossut Etienne

    France
    2006-04-27

  • 1160

    Farquhar Keith

    United Kingdom
    2008-03-17

  • 698

    Staudacher Hans

    Austria
    1994-09-19

  • 1062

    Ström Annika

    United Kingdom
    2006-12-29

  • 669

    Mira Victor

    Spain
    1994-08-18

  • 760

    Fischer Lothar

    Germany
    1994-11-26

  • 948

    Reineking James

    Germany
    2005-06-08