José Guirao Cabrera has been elected as new Minister of Culture and Sports, replacing Màxim Huerta, who has resigned this Wednesday after knowing that between 2006 and 2008 disappointed 256,778 euros to Treasury, an information advanced by confidential. Guirao, cultural manager and expert in art, has been related to Spanish avant-garde scene since Nineties. He was director of National Museum Reina Sofía Art Center between 1994 and 2001 and Director of House lit from 2002 to 2014.More information
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Guirao, born in Pulpí (province of Almería) in 1959, is currently director general of Montemadrid Foundation. He has a degree in Hispanic philology, in Spanish literature branch. He was responsible for culture area of Diputación Provincial de Almería between 1983 and 1987. In 1988 he moved to Seville, where he held position of general Director of Cultural Property in Junta de Andalucía. Until 1993, he developed projects of weight, like General Plan of cultural goods of Andalusia, law 1/91 of historical patrimony of Andalusia, project of Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art and creation of Andalusian Institute of historical patrimony.
From Seville he moved to Madrid, where for a year he was director of Fine Arts and Archives of Ministry of Culture. In 1994 he was appointed director of Reina Sofía National Art Center, whose permanent collection remodeled. He was also in charge of tendering expansion of museum, a project won by French architect Jean Nouvel.
From year 2001 was in front of house lit, social and cultural space of reference in Madrid belonging to extinct Caja Madrid and, after its transformation in 2013, passed to foundation Montemadrid. He was n appointed Director general of this Foundation, whose activity is directed towards improvement of quality of life and inclusion of people in social difficulty, while fomenting a participatory citizenship with greater access to culture and to education, as well as The protection of environment and preservation of historical heritage.
Guirao is also patron of Federico García Lorca Foundation, Antonio Gala Foundation and Museum of contemporary Spanish Engraving foundation in Marbella. He is also a visiting professor of Master of Cultural Management at Carlos III University in Madrid.