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

  • 1437

    Lambert Alix

    United States
    2012-01-10

  • 233

    Baikas Nicos

    Greece
    1992-11-03

  • 1510

    Narasingarao Pushpamala

    India
    2013-05-27

  • 1193

    Knap Jan

    Czechoslovakia
    2008-08-07

  • 644

    Willis Thornton

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 1052

    Corner Philip

    Italy
    2006-11-08

  • 1045

    Calais Stéphane

    France
    2006-10-20

  • 1535

    Kent Mark

    Great Britain
    2014-02-11

  • 210

    Wiley William T

    United States
    1992-09-28

  • 689

    Nemours Aurelie

    France
    1994-09-12