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

  • 810

    Pace Achille

    Italy
    1995-03-16

  • 470

    Brands Eugène

    Netherlands
    1993-09-16

  • 162

    Torriani Gianmarco

    Switzerland
    1992-07-24

  • 157

    Paolucci Flavio

    Switzerland
    1992-07-23

  • 304

    Masi Paolo

    Italy
    1993-02-19

  • 386

    Esposito Diego

    Italy
    1993-05-22

  • 711

    Schweizer Helmut

    Germany
    1994-10-04

  • 1030

    Vinson Thomas

    Germany
    2006-08-08

  • 275

    West Franz

    Austria
    1992-12-31

  • 656

    Webb Boyd

    Great Britain
    1994-06-29