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

  • 817

    Garutti Alberto

    Italy
    1995-03-21

  • 363

    Manz Jean Luc

    Switzerland
    1993-04-29

  • 261

    Sitte Willi

    Germany
    1992-12-16

  • 918

    Muthofer Ben

    Germany
    2003-05-12

  • 627

    Eckart Christian

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 712

    Cabrita Reis Pedro

    Portugal
    1994-10-05

  • 1299

    Chaves Marcos

    Brazil
    2010-01-14

  • 139

    Romualdi Lucia

    Italy
    1992-06-23

  • 1090

    Abbagnara Marco Antonio

    Italy
    2007-04-27

  • 1036

    Weber Marnie

    United States
    2006-09-29