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

  • 258

    Vroegindewey Leo

    Netherlands
    1992-12-09

  • 1292

    Grothjahn Mark

    United States
    2009-11-27

  • 44

    Adams Mac

    United States
    1992-02-17

  • 1639

    Peckl Manfred


    2018-05-14

  • 490

    Berlant Tony

    United States
    1993-10-20

  • 165

    Friedman Dan

    United States
    1992-07-28

  • 182

    Valles Roman

    Spain
    1992-08-19

  • 1658

    Piazzini Gianfranco


    2018-09-01

  • 512

    Rantzer Philip

    Israel
    1993-11-29

  • 303

    Abate Alberto

    Italy
    1993-02-19