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

  • 766

    Middendorf Helmut

    Germany
    1994-12-06

  • 1405

    Brown Delia

    United States
    2011-03-25

  • 1654

    Consani Michelangelo

    Italy
    2018-07-12

  • 1529

    Coulis Holly

    Canada
    2014-01-06

  • 1651

    Hahn Mariana


    2018-06-28

  • 606

    Schlegel Eva

    Austria
    1994-04-28

  • 715

    Mur-Ray Ming

    United States
    1994-10-07

  • 1457

    Erkmen Ayse

    Germany
    2012-02-24

  • 1014

    Takeoka Yuji

    Germany
    2006-06-07

  • 305

    Minkoff & Olesen

    Switzerland
    1993-02-22