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

  • 353

    Dumas Marlene

    Netherlands
    1993-04-21

  • 1432

    Räder Eva

    Germany
    2011-12-08

  • 639

    Snelson Kenneth

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 869

    Gonschior Kuno

    Germany
    1996-02-01

  • 503

    Stankowski Anton

    Germany
    1993-11-09

  • 1479

    Bühlmann Max

    Switzerland
    2012-09-26

  • 44

    Adams Mac

    United States
    1992-02-17

  • 227

    Mainolfi Luigi

    Italy
    1992-10-23

  • 269

    Oklahoma Srl

    Italy
    1992-12-27

  • 661

    Messensee Jurgen

    Austria
    1994-07-25