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

  • 1559

    Kraijer Juul

    Netherlands
    2015-02-03

  • 1373

    Meyer Melissa

    United States
    2010-09-29

  • 1548

    Michel Eric

    France
    2014-05-13

  • 1141

    Soth Alec

    United States
    2007-12-24

  • 1683

    Scheerlinck Gert


    2019-07-26

  • 172

    Damnjan Radomir

    Italy
    1992-08-05

  • 501

    CÚsar

    France
    1993-11-07

  • 20

    Graves Nancy

    United States
    1992-01-07

  • 711

    Schweizer Helmut

    Germany
    1994-10-04

  • 1402

    Pitts Bradley

    United States
    2011-03-14