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

  • 992

    Thupinier Gerald

    France
    2006-05-15

  • 1199

    Asgar/Gabriel Daryoush/Elisabeth

    Austria
    2008-09-09

  • 838

    Meyer Karl A

    Switzerland
    1995-05-08

  • 1003

    Carrino Nicola

    Italy
    2006-05-30

  • 1399

    Vece Costa

    Switzerland
    2011-03-04

  • 11

    Schumacher Emil

    Germany
    1991-12-11

  • 406

    Stefanoni Tino

    Italy
    1993-06-11

  • 1551

    Moscheta Marcelo

    Brazil
    2014-07-10

  • 1458

    Tichy Jan

    United States
    2012-02-24

  • 1517

    Bauer Marc

    Switzerland
    2013-08-19