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

  • 674

    Weidmann Patrick

    Switzerland
    1994-08-31

  • 1077

    Vackier Barbara

    Belgium
    2007-02-13

  • 163

    Messagier Jean

    France
    1992-07-27

  • 578

    Grisi Laura

    Italy
    1994-03-26

  • 351

    Nevalainen Pekka

    Finland
    1993-04-20

  • 685

    Masurovsky Gregory

    France
    1994-09-09

  • 1304

    Kroner Sven

    Germany
    2010-02-08

  • 1415

    Stauble Jurg

    Switzerland
    2011-05-17

  • 29

    Van Koningsbruggen Rob

    Netherlands
    1992-01-27

  • 59

    Genzken Isa

    Germany
    1992-02-28