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

  • 1076

    Steiner & Lenzlinger Gerda & Jörg

    Switzerland
    2007-02-08

  • 207

    Fisher Vernon

    United States
    1992-08-21

  • 926

    De Beul Bert

    Belgium
    2003-05-18

  • 1342

    Canaday Steve

    United States
    2010-07-27

  • 308

    Deléglise Phillippe

    Switzerland
    1993-02-24

  • 281

    Stanley Robert

    United States
    1993-01-12

  • 735

    Rosei Franz

    Austria
    1994-10-27

  • 1409

    Santiago Rogado Giacomo

    Switzerland
    2011-04-15

  • 402

    Isgro Emilio

    Italy
    1993-06-10

  • 568

    Bonalumi Agostino

    Italy
    1994-03-21