The Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, has signed the resolution appointing the former minister of the branch José Guirao as commissioner for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso, as the holder of the presidency of the Executive Commission constituted for the anniversary, which will be held in 2023.
According to the Royal Decree that creates and regulates the National Commission for said commemoration, an inter.ministerial collegiate body of the General State Administration to prepare and plan the acts, the appointment must be made between persons “of recognized prestige and professional experience in the field of action of said commission“.
In this case, Culture has indicated that special consideration has been taken the merits related to the knowledge and dissemination of Pablo Picasso’s work, as well as the management of state.owned museum facilities related to modern and contemporary art, and with government responsibilities in the field of culture.
Jose Guirao Cabrera (Pulpí, 1959), graduated in Hispanic Philology, has been Minister of Culture and Sports (2018.2020); director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (1994.2001); and general director of Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture (1993.1994).
Since 2020 he has been general director of the Montemadrid Foundation, a position he had held from the creation of the entity in 2013, until his appointment as minister, and of whose sociocultural center, La Casa Encendida, he was responsible between 2001 and 2013. Previously, he was director General of Cultural Assets of the Junta de Andalucía from 1988 to 1993.
Currently, he is the patron of the Prado Museum as previously it has been for the Federico García Lorca Foundation, the Antonio Gala Foundation and the José María Sicilia Foundation.
The commissioner, reporting directly to the Executive Commission of the National Commission, will have the following functions: propose actions to promote the activities approved by the National Commission, carry out the follow.up of the actions referred to in the previous section, advise the Plenary session and the Executive Committee, and any other function entrusted to it by the Plenary and the Executive Committee.
The performance of the functions of the Commissioner will be honorary and unpaid, without prejudice to compensation or compensation for travel expenses, stays and transfers caused by the performance of their duties, in accordance with the provisions on compensation for service. The Ministry of Culture and Sports will provide the Commissioner with the necessary means for the correct performance of his duties.