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

  • 1062

    Ström Annika

    United Kingdom
    2006-12-29

  • 976

    Hartzsch Wolfgang

    Germany
    2006-03-15

  • 650

    Stockholder Jessica

    United States
    1994-06-17

  • 740

    Steinbrenner Hans

    Germany
    1994-11-01

  • 140

    Lowe Peter

    Great Britain
    1992-06-24

  • 925

    Van Kerckhoven Annemie

    Belgium
    2003-05-18

  • 92

    Förg Günther

    Switzerland
    1992-04-04

  • 572

    Tomarchio Levi

    Italy
    1994-03-23

  • 1287

    Sakkinen Riiko

    Spain
    2009-11-13

  • 1108

    Krabbé Jasper

    Netherlands
    2007-06-29