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

  • 1368

    Jakobsen Henrik Plenge

    Denmark
    2010-09-21

  • 834

    Camesi Gianfredo

    Switzerland
    1995-04-18

  • 840

    Corbeira Dario

    Spain
    1995-05-11

  • 629

    Gitlin michael

    United States
    1994-06-08

  • 173

    Krieg Dieter

    Germany
    1992-08-05

  • 1285

    Milne Christopher

    United States
    2009-11-13

  • 341

    Patelli Paolo

    Italy
    1993-04-07

  • 902

    Miquel Carme

    Spain
    2001-05-28

  • 213

    Hangen Heijo

    Germany
    1992-10-08

  • 1310

    Apfelbaum Polly

    United States
    2010-03-06