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

  • 414

    Gatti Lorenzo

    Italy
    1993-06-23

  • 1245

    Tran Ba Vang Nicole

    France
    2009-05-15

  • 626

    DiBenedetto Steve

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 851

    Marco Angeles

    Spain
    1995-08-04

  • 1388

    Eisler Judith

    United States
    2010-11-23

  • 1428

    Geisler Kirsten

    Netherlands
    2011-11-17

  • 1574

    Reuter Mandla

    Germany
    2015-08-26

  • 861

    Oldenburg Claes

    United States
    1995-10-12

  • 787

    Biberstein Michael

    Switzerland
    1995-01-10

  • 164

    Biasi Alberto

    Italy
    1992-07-28