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

  • 55

    Colton Adam

    Netherlands
    1992-02-27

  • 991

    Oosterlynck Baudouin

    Belgium
    2006-05-06

  • 958

    Kemps Niek

    Belgium
    2005-06-16

  • 582

    Pinelli Pino

    Italy
    1994-03-28

  • 1063

    Backen Robyn

    Australia
    2006-12-29

  • 495

    Licata Ricardo

    Italy
    1993-10-31

  • 1345

    Blondal Margert H.

    Iceland
    2010-08-02

  • 713

    De Guimaraes Josť

    Portugal
    1994-10-05

  • 1439

    Hellmich Christian

    Germany
    2012-01-13

  • 1626

    Basen Bjorn


    2017-09-29