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

  • 1070

    Bézie Charles

    France
    2007-01-25

  • 583

    Millefiore Pietro

    Italy
    1994-03-29

  • 1415

    Stauble Jurg

    Switzerland
    2011-05-17

  • 1001

    Manzo Umberto

    Italy
    2006-05-25

  • 234

    Rogge Cornelius

    Netherlands
    1992-11-03

  • 323

    Rainaldi Oliviero

    Italy
    1993-03-24

  • 247

    Uhlig Max

    Germany
    1992-11-30

  • 801

    Miyajima Tatsuo

    Japan
    1995-03-08

  • 370

    Schwarz Robert

    France
    1993-05-04

  • 1370

    Gorlizki Alexander

    United Kingdom
    2010-09-24