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

  • 693

    Strba Annelies

    Switzerland
    1994-09-12

  • 1498

    Wilder Aeneas

    Great Britain
    2013-04-15

  • 820

    Arico Rodolfo

    Italy
    1995-03-21

  • 1357

    Korsmit George

    Netherlands
    2010-09-02

  • 1403

    Morin Justin

    France
    2011-03-14

  • 990

    Ceccarelli Jean Jacques

    France
    2006-05-05

  • 109

    Wewerka Stefan

    Germany
    1992-04-25

  • 1096

    Bettineschi Mariella

    Italy
    2007-05-10

  • 564

    Collien Peter

    Germany
    1994-03-17

  • 1634

    Rothman Marjolein


    2018-05-14