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

  • 5

    Minnebo Hubert

    Belgium
    1991-12-02

  • 67

    Brandt Andreas

    Germany
    1992-03-05

  • 1082

    Fishman Louise

    United States
    2007-04-02

  • 1498

    Wilder Aeneas


    2013-04-15

  • 1285

    Milne Christopher

    United States
    2009-11-13

  • 807

    Perilli Achille

    Italy
    1995-03-15

  • 582

    Pinelli Pino

    Italy
    1994-03-28

  • 804

    Castellano Gennaro

    Italy
    1995-03-14

  • 634

    Muntadas Antoni

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 643

    Wesselman Tom

    United States
    1994-06-08