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

  • 371

    Chessa Mauro

    Italy
    1993-05-05

  • 766

    Middendorf Helmut

    Germany
    1994-12-06

  • 1162

    Barbeito Pedro

    United States
    2008-03-18

  • 1097

    Blum Michael

    Austria
    2007-05-10

  • 1397

    Touchon Cecil

    United States
    2011-02-14

  • 696

    Henneman Jeroen

    Netherlands
    1994-09-19

  • 846

    Gudmundsson Kristjan

    Iceland
    1995-06-29

  • 1513

    Hughes Jeremy

    United States
    2013-06-28

  • 862

    Scheffler Wolfram

    Germany
    1995-10-12

  • 160

    Voth Hannsjorg

    Germany
    1992-07-23