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

  • 1216

    Carstensen Claus

    Denmark
    2009-03-03

  • 1310

    Apfelbaum Polly

    United States
    2010-03-06

  • 351

    Nevalainen Pekka

    Finland
    1993-04-20

  • 513

    Müller Jozef Felix

    Switzerland
    1993-12-01

  • 1455

    Kokene Djamel

    France
    2012-02-21

  • 820

    Arico Rodolfo

    Italy
    1995-03-21

  • 548

    Smith Alexis

    United States
    1994-02-15

  • 1088

    Just Michael

    Germany
    2007-04-25

  • 1398

    Rose Matthew

    France
    2011-02-28

  • 514

    Blank Irma

    Italy
    1993-12-02