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

  • 201

    Trenkwalder Elmar

    Austria
    1992-09-08

  • 946

    Delrue Ronny

    Belgium
    2004-04-22

  • 905

    Vanmechelen Koen

    Belgium
    2001-06-21

  • 453

    Bucher André

    Switzerland
    1993-08-18

  • 158

    Salentin Hans

    Germany
    1992-07-23

  • 536

    Antes Horst

    Germany
    1994-01-19

  • 967

    Stein Joel

    France
    2006-02-09

  • 83

    Nash David

    Great Britain
    1992-03-23

  • 1327

    Orlow Uriel

    United Kingdom
    2010-05-31

  • 1358

    Adach Adam

    Poland
    2010-09-13