The Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA) opened in 1993 under the auspices of ABP Pvt. 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, CIMA has emerged as one of the premier art centres of India.
It has curated and organized nearly a 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 national and international museums and educational institutions.
The centre has over 11,000sq.ft. of state-of-the-art gallery space in Calcutta, a comprehensive database 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.
Under the auspices of CIMA, the Art & Heritage Foundation has been set up recently to augment the cause of art and heritage projects – national, regional and international and, in collaboration with CIMA, has initiated the hugely popular CIMA AWARD Project. The aim of the project is to recognise and reward young artists from across India for their talent and creativity. It is a unique initiative providing a platform for artists from smaller towns, semi-urban and rural areas, to get adequately promoted and nurtured. The CIMA AWARD will be triennially awarded to recognise excellence in visual arts. It will be a journey to discover genuine talent in India – especially beyond the metropolitan cities.
CIMA looks forward to fresh challenges and successes and reaffirms its faith and hope in the force of imagination, its creative freedom and excellence.