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

  • 1541

    Gonzalez Maria Elena

    Cuba
    2014-03-31

  • 1571

    Martinez-Canas Maria

    United States
    2015-07-30

  • 177

    Okulick John

    United States
    1992-08-12

  • 50

    Huber Felix Stephan

    Germany
    1992-02-20

  • 150

    Brown James

    United States
    1992-07-14

  • 43

    Caropreso Manlio

    Italy
    1992-02-14

  • 1415

    Stauble Jurg

    Switzerland
    2011-05-17

  • 1201

    Noiret-Thomé Xavier

    Belgium
    2008-09-11

  • 1131

    Khoroshilova Anastasia

    Germany
    2007-09-26

  • 674

    Weidmann Patrick

    Switzerland
    1994-08-31