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

  • 1111

    Nozkowski Thomas

    United States
    2007-07-19

  • 578

    Grisi Laura

    Italy
    1994-03-26

  • 228

    Zaza Michele

    Italy
    1992-10-23

  • 870

    Anderson Curtis

    Germany
    1996-02-08

  • 680

    Selichar Gunther

    Austria
    1994-09-08

  • 1301

    Strode Thaddeus

    United States
    2010-01-28

  • 569

    Minoli Paolo

    Italy
    1994-03-21

  • 1371

    Willenbecher John

    United States
    2010-09-24

  • 915

    Duthoy Bernard

    Belgium
    2003-03-03

  • 543

    Baer Jo

    Netherlands
    1994-01-31