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

  • 1215

    Geismar Järg

    Germany
    2009-02-24

  • 224

    Tilson Joe

    Great Britain
    1992-10-19

  • 6

    Mara Pol

    Belgium
    1991-12-05

  • 1022

    Bonvicini Monica

    Germany
    2006-06-10

  • 260

    Wolf Silvio

    Italy
    1992-12-14

  • 999

    Halbert Bill

    United States
    2006-05-24

  • 1558

    Labastie Rachel

    France
    2014-11-25

  • 251

    Max Cole

    United States
    1992-12-04

  • 517

    Kasseböhmer Axel

    Germany
    1993-12-08

  • 665

    Cordier Pierre

    Belgium
    1994-08-08