VOMA is a unique opportunity to hear the stories and histories of artists from across the world.
Without the limitations of a physical location, access to a museum is possible to anyone with an internet connection. The online experience enables us to work with partners in new ways; the museum becomes a truly communal experience where the voices of the visitors can be added to the conversation.
It affords us the opportunity to collaborate with museums and collections around the world, bringing artworks to a huge global audience. We can show works from across history, bringing hidden works into the light and shedding new light on well-known pieces.
The museum programme speaks to the disparate and yet universal nature of the human experience, bringing together ideas and perspectives and firing our collective imagination through partnership and collaboration. VOMA aims to become a hub for debate and discussion around innovation through the digital, to the end of expanding access, enabling new approaches. Through collective ownership, through innovation and debate, we can re-examine what a museum is, how it should work, what it should do.
Lee Cavaliere, Director
THE CREATION OF VOMA
VOMA was created by a core team dedicated to opening up the arts for wider audiences. It began development in 2019, and aimed to create an immersive, photo-realistic 3D in-browser experience that brought the world's greatest art to anyone with an internet connection.
The Covid-19 pandemic struck and museums and galleries had to close - the VOMA team consulted with museum and tech partners globally, to work a path through this new reality. The need for alternative ways for audiences to see and enjoy art had never been more pressing.
While other galleries are developing virtual spaces to show their own artists’ works, VOMA is the first truly digital museum – not simply a known establishment presenting known content, but a global institutional project showing the best contemporary art together with historically significant pieces. Constructed from scratch, VOMA was conceived by artist Stuart Semple, working with a global team of architects, CGI designers, gaming experts and curators to give life to the vision. Curator and contemporary art specialist Lee Cavaliere took up the post as VOMA Director ahead of the inaugural exhibition, which launched in November 2020, at the beginning of the third Covid lockdown in Europe.
Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
George Floyd Boards from Minneapolis
Pieter Paul Rubens
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Vincent Van Gogh