Matrix International Centre of Excellence (MICE), an initiative by Matrix International, Singapore commenced their operations in the city with the setting up of the modern gallery, Galleria M at Little Russell Street. Sixteen leading contemporary artists from all over India presented “Existential Explorations” an exposition offering glimpses of powerful and collective angst. Starting from 12th June to 2nd July, the exhibition “Lyrical Reflections” will be presenting art works by some of the best artists in contemporary art.
Ramjit Ray, the Director of MICE said “Kolkata has been chosen as headquarters of MICE simply because the city has the potential like the other cities like Paris, London, Vienna to be defined for its art and culture. This is also an initiative to put Kolkata back on the cultural map of the world”.
Some of the works on display will travel to other locations including Mumbai and Singapore. Many of the artists are of international repute and some of them will be mentors at the centre in Kolkata. The trainers will conduct workshops and seminars.
As a part of the Legacy initiative, MICE has started work on three projects. The first project is on the Renaissance in Bengal and the independence movement. The second is on individuals and the families which have played an important role in defining Kolkata and the third is on the history and the contemporary nuances of the festival of Durga Puja. The project will end in exhibitions and expositions which will showcase works of art, docu-features and archival documents which will make it an exciting and immersive experience. The Durga Puja project will also feature an interactive idol making process where common people will work along with artists from Kumartuli to create Kolkata’s first idol co-created by the people of Kolkata.