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

  • 172

    Damnjan Radomir

    Italy
    1992-08-05

  • 310

    Kriesche Richard

    Austria
    1993-03-01

  • 1346

    Alejo Mauricio

    United States
    2010-08-02

  • 1512

    Malani Nalini

    India
    2013-06-17

  • 1140

    Beckmann Matthias

    Germany
    2007-12-13

  • 392

    Ewen Paterson

    Canada
    1993-05-27

  • 724

    Schwarzinger Franz

    Austria
    1994-10-17

  • 1080

    Agnone Thierry

    France
    2007-03-26

  • 1034

    Hernandez Diango

    Germany
    2006-09-15

  • 1489

    Jacobson Martin

    Sweden
    2013-01-21