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

  • 950

    Hüppi Alfonso

    Germany
    2005-06-09

  • 169

    Ruscha Edward

    United States
    1992-07-29

  • 1473

    Cool & Balducci Marie & Fabio

    France
    2012-04-14

  • 1487

    Larraz Julio

    Cuba
    2013-01-04

  • 42

    Baldessari John

    United States
    1992-02-13

  • 948

    Reineking James

    Germany
    2005-06-08

  • 209

    Sarmento Juliao

    Portugal
    1992-09-23

  • 1659

    Blightman Juliette


    2018-09-06

  • 1660

    Day E.V.

    United States
    2018-09-13

  • 1164

    Szczesny Stefan

    France
    2008-04-04