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

  • 1129

    Lohaus Bernd

    Belgium
    2007-09-24

  • 1091

    Johanson Patricia

    United States
    2007-05-03

  • 643

    Wesselman Tom

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 1500

    Fridfinnsson Hreinn

    Iceland
    2013-04-22

  • 1531

    Kaoru Izima

    Japan
    2014-01-20

  • 906

    Tas Henk

    Netherlands
    2001-07-09

  • 99

    Le Gac Jean

    France
    1992-04-14

  • 807

    Perilli Achille

    Italy
    1995-03-15

  • 1577

    Wolfson Jordan

    United States
    2015-09-10

  • 96

    Torreano John

    United States
    1992-04-08