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

  • 514

    Blank Irma

    Italy
    1993-12-02

  • 211

    Gormley Anthony

    Great Britain
    1992-09-30

  • 1236

    Bieber Jodi

    South Africa
    2009-04-21

  • 342

    Ciecierski Tomasz

    Poland
    1993-04-09

  • 1392

    Courrèges François-Xavier

    France
    2010-12-14

  • 393

    Bijtebier Jean-Marie

    Belgium
    1993-05-29

  • 1043

    Adami Valerio

    France
    2006-10-13

  • 862

    Scheffler Wolfram

    Germany
    1995-10-12

  • 823

    Airo Mario

    Italy
    1995-03-24

  • 866

    Castelli Luciano

    France
    1995-10-27