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

  • 424

    Walther Franz-Erhard

    Germany
    1993-07-02

  • 19

    Van Der Kraan Axel & Helene

    Netherlands
    1991-12-30

  • 292

    Accardi Carla

    Italy
    1993-01-26

  • 698

    Staudacher Hans

    Austria
    1994-09-19

  • 949

    Fischer Roland

    Germany
    2005-06-08

  • 462

    Scanreigh Jean Marc

    France
    1993-09-02

  • 1494

    Moudov Ivan


    2013-03-26

  • 555

    Uncini Giuseppe

    Italy
    1994-03-08

  • 97

    Scholte Rob

    Netherlands
    1992-04-09

  • 638

    Smyth Ned

    United States
    1994-06-08