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

  • 1167

    Lim Choong-Sup

    United States
    2008-04-21

  • 984

    Theys Koen

    Belgium
    2006-04-14

  • 507

    Zakharov Vadim

    Germany
    1993-11-15

  • 616

    Arnoldi Charles

    United States
    1994-06-06

  • 612

    Zogmayer Leo

    Austria
    1994-05-25

  • 561

    Odenbach Marcel

    Germany
    1994-03-15

  • 303

    Abate Alberto

    Italy
    1993-02-19

  • 1106

    Curlet Francois

    Belgium
    2007-06-20

  • 492

    Jaccard Christian

    France
    1993-10-25

  • 824

    Bertinetti Maurizio

    Italy
    1995-03-24