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

  • 1243

    Bournigault Rebecca

    France
    2009-05-27

  • 30

    Hafif Marcia

    United States
    1992-01-31

  • 99

    Le Gac Jean

    France
    1992-04-14

  • 974

    Pirri Alfredo

    Italy
    2006-03-09

  • 1125

    Dijkstra Anno

    Netherlands
    2007-09-10

  • 667

    Neuhaus Max

    United States
    1994-08-16

  • 953

    Ecker Bogomir

    Germany
    2005-06-11

  • 142

    Arranz-Bravo

    Spain
    1992-06-30

  • 1543

    Benz Christina

    Switzerland
    2014-04-08

  • 400

    Hutchinson Peter

    United States
    1993-06-04