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

  • 1483

    Aguirre Miguel

    Peru
    2012-11-12

  • 1475

    Deroubaix Damien

    Germany
    2012-06-05

  • 149

    Barker Clive

    Great Britain
    1992-07-14

  • 1103

    Francis Filip

    Belgium
    2007-06-05

  • 1319

    Maier Ati

    United States
    2010-04-16

  • 504

    Bechtold Erwin

    Spain
    1993-11-10

  • 673

    Helnwein Gottfried

    Germany
    1994-08-29

  • 985

    Autard Georges

    France
    2006-04-18

  • 164

    Biasi Alberto

    Italy
    1992-07-28

  • 1068

    Tykka Salla

    Finland
    2007-01-23