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

  • 196

    Gibson John

    United States
    1992-09-04

  • 855

    Brodwolf Jürgen

    Germany
    1995-08-16

  • 1100

    Streuli Beat

    Germany
    2007-05-29

  • 1058

    Belin Valérie

    France
    2006-12-18

  • 170

    Tadeusz Norbert

    Germany
    1992-07-30

  • 248

    Jones and Ginzel

    United States
    1992-12-01

  • 1075

    Plensa Jaume

    Spain
    2007-02-06

  • 968

    Wüthrich Peter

    Switzerland
    2006-02-14

  • 107

    Reis Mario

    Germany
    1992-04-21

  • 491

    Lootz Eva

    Spain
    1993-10-20