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

  • 775

    Lehnerer Thomas

    Germany
    1994-12-09

  • 703

    Moura Leonel

    Portugal
    1994-09-28

  • 1419

    Schlüters Eske

    Germany
    2011-06-28

  • 224

    Tilson Joe

    Great Britain
    1992-10-19

  • 798

    Domenech Antonio

    Spain
    1995-02-20

  • 960

    Menten Philippe

    Belgium
    2005-06-18

  • 1156

    Ingold Res

    Germany
    2008-02-28

  • 861

    Oldenburg Claes

    United States
    1995-10-12

  • 875

    Bijl Guillaume

    Belgium
    1996-04-14

  • 499

    Bolduc David

    Canada
    1993-11-05