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

  • 839

    Zobernig Heimo

    Austria
    1995-05-08

  • 72

    Bogart Bram

    Belgium
    1992-03-11

  • 1593

    Vasell Christopher


    2016-06-01

  • 779

    Puryear Martin

    United States
    1994-12-14

  • 651

    Cano Jordi

    Spain
    1994-06-16

  • 1124

    Laszlo Jean Noel

    France
    2007-09-06

  • 1145

    Ackling Roger

    United Kingdom
    2008-01-17

  • 1091

    Johanson Patricia

    United States
    2007-05-03

  • 364

    Durham Jimmie

    Germany
    1993-04-30

  • 1598

    Tallur LN


    2016-09-01