- Words Solly Warner
The first wholly online museum curates work from the world’s finest institutions to bring culture directly to you. Find out what's on show this March.
Launched last year, VOMA (Virtual Museum of Online Art) brings together the world’s most prestigious institutions, from the Musée d’Orsay to the Art Institute of Chicago, for people to consume from the comfort of their own home.
With users from over 50 countries and half a million artwork interactions, VOMA has announced two new exhibitions for this spring which feature alongside a series of additional features, spaces and events; accessible across all devices including VR.
Launching on March 2nd is ‘Reclaiming the Body’ which brings together a global community of artists to explore ideas of control and perception of the female form. It includes works by Cuban artist Ana Mendieta, Huguette Caland from Lebanon, the British Ghanaian artist Adelaide Damoah and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
The exhibition will sit alongside ‘Breaking into Colour’ which will also launch on March 2nd. The show will assess the impact and expression of colour in art and features work by Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian and Yves Klein, alongside contemporary abstractionist Michel Mouffe, abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell, Takashi Murakami’s bright hues and the colour studies of Josef Albers. Boris Bucan and Neil Stokoe.
The exhibitions are just a part of what the innovative museum has to offer with new ‘spaces’ including the ‘Discoveries’ wall. This will showcase the best of bold emerging artists from across the world and a collaboration with Artspace Sydney that will display a video installation by acclaimed Spanish artist Dani Marti. VOMA will also be installing The Triumphal Arch from Palmyra in Syria, destroyed by Isis in 2014 as part of a project by the Institute of Digital Archaeology to scan and preserve ancient monuments.
“It would be near impossible to bring the artworks together in the physical world, so it’s been an amazing opportunity to create some really unique conversations. It’s going truly viral in a way the art world hasn’t in the past”, says artist Stuart Semple, who originally conceived the idea of VOMA.