The Centre of International Modern Art opened in 1993 under the auspices of ABP Ltd, a leading Indian media group known for its moorings in culture. It was designed under the guidance of renowned art galleries and museums in London and New York. In a short span of about two decades, CIMA has established itself as a premier art center of India.

CIMA has curated and organized over one hundred exhibitions that have won critical and popular acclaim in India and abroad, and has also been responsible for catalyzing creative excellence. For the past few years, CIMA has implemented several projects in association with international museums, funding agencies, and educational institutions.

The Centre has around 8,000 sq.feet of state-of-the-art gallery space in Calcutta, a comprehensive data base and evaluation and publication facilities. It holds regularly, interdisciplinary interactions and seminars, presided over by scholars, artists, directors and performers of international repute. CIMA has, thereby, focused attention on the finest talents of the contemporary art scene.