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Oct 01, 2020 2020-10-01

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World’s First Entirely Online Art Museum

Launched in September 2020, the Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA) is more than just an online gallery. VOMA is entirely virtual, from the paintings and drawings hanging on the walls to the museum’s computer-generated building itself, giving viewers a new way of experiencing art that transports them to an art space without having to leave their computers. To visit the virtual museum, viewers must install the free VOMA program onto their computers. From there, they can explore two galleries featuring works by nearly two dozen artists, including Henri Matisse, Édouard Manet, Li Wei, Paula Rego, Luiz Zerbini, Lygia Clark, Jasper Johns, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The museum’s director and curator worked closely with some of the world’s most prestigious museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Using high-resolution images provided by each institution, the VOMA team made 3D reproductions of each piece. The result is a 360-degree, fully immersive experience that lets museumgoers get as close as they want to a work of art. Using a computer’s arrow buttons, a visitor can virtually “walk” around the museum, zooming in on different works of art. Not only do the interactive displays provide in-depth information about each artwork; the museum building and its waterfront surroundings change, depending on the weather and time. VOMA also stands out from other museums in its mission to be more inclusive. The museum intends to feature a diverse group of artists on a regular basis. As the months progress, VOMA plans to open additional galleries to help accommodate such a diversity of artists.

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