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

  • 183

    Falk Lars Eric

    Sweden
    1992-08-21

  • 1408

    Broomé Thomas

    Sweden
    2011-04-15

  • 442

    Druks Michael

    Great Britain
    1993-07-26

  • 90

    Alighiero E Boetti

    Italy
    1992-04-04

  • 962

    Kuypers Theo

    Netherlands
    2005-12-19

  • 1174

    Geyskens Vincent

    Belgium
    2008-06-02

  • 54

    Katz Leandro

    United States
    1992-02-26

  • 898

    De Vries Herman

    Germany
    2001-03-20

  • 1303

    Garcia-Alix Alberto

    Spain
    2010-02-01

  • 1404

    Svarre Daniel

    Denmark
    2011-03-25