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

  • 596

    Marioni Joseph

    United States
    1994-04-20

  • 1213

    Bertin Gaston

    Spain
    2008-02-13

  • 1547

    Kaljo Kai

    Estonia
    2014-04-29

  • 848

    Trier Hahn

    Germany
    1995-07-02

  • 450

    Strik Berend

    Netherlands
    1993-08-13

  • 931

    Aguilar Sergi

    Spain
    2003-09-09

  • 952

    Hofschen Edgar

    Germany
    2005-06-11

  • 561

    Odenbach Marcel

    Germany
    1994-03-15

  • 1171

    Spring Lorenz

    Switzerland
    2008-05-27

  • 789

    Disler Martin

    Switzerland
    1995-01-14