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

  • 358

    Christiansen Henning

    Denmark
    1993-04-26

  • 144

    Prelog Drago

    Austria
    1992-07-01

  • 963

    Nol Ann

    United Kingdom

  • 1204

    Bolande Jennifer

    United States
    2008-10-13

  • 760

    Fischer Lothar

    Germany
    1994-11-26

  • 442

    Druks Michael

    Great Britain
    1993-07-26

  • 284

    Gtz Karl-Otto

    Germany
    1993-01-14

  • 769

    Menne Walter

    Germany
    1994-12-07

  • 1213

    Bertin Gaston

    Spain
    2008-02-13

  • 222

    Schmidt Heins Gabriele

    Germany
    1992-10-19