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

  • 1011

    Grünfeld Thomas

    Germany
    2006-06-05

  • 329

    Merz Albert

    Germany
    1993-03-29

  • 38

    Kostabi Mark

    United States
    1992-02-04

  • 301

    Gastini Marco

    Italy
    1993-02-17

  • 138

    Knowles Alison

    United States
    1992-06-23

  • 1168

    Bertiller Gabriela

    United States
    2008-04-25

  • 243

    Tousignant Claude

    Canada
    1992-11-23

  • 15

    Kloppers Willem

    Netherlands
    1991-12-16

  • 836

    Wasserburger C A

    Germany
    1995-04-20

  • 478

    Favier Philippe

    France
    1993-09-29