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José Guirao Cabrera (born 1959 in Pulpí) is a Spanish cultural manager and art expert. On 14 June 2018 he was appointed by Pedro Sánchez for the office of Minister of Culture and Sport of Spain, after the resignation of Màxim Huerta.[1]

José Guirao

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Minister of Culture and Sport
Assumed office
14 June 2018
Acting: Since 29 April 2019
MonarchFelipe VI
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byMàxim Huerta
Personal details
Born1959 (age 59–60)
Pulpí, Spain
Alma materUniversity of Murcia

Previously, he was director of the Reina Sofía Museum between 1994 and 2001 and director of the La Casa Encendida from 2002 and 2014.[2] He was also Director-General of the Montemadrid Fundation until his appointment as minister, a private non-profit organization that works in favor of inclusion and equal opportunities, promotes a participatory citizenship with access to education, employment and culture and favors the conservation of the environment.[3]


Guirao graduated in Spanish Philology from the University of Murcia.[4] He was the manager of the Cultural Department of the Provincial Council of Almería from 1983 to 1987.[4]

From 1988 to 1993, Guirao occupied the position of Chief Manager of Cultural Assets at the Regional Government of Andalusia.[4]

In 1993, Guirao was appointed to the position of Manager of Fine Arts and Archives at the Ministry of Culture. In 1994, he was appointed Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.[4] During his tenure, the project of the expansion of the museum was awarded to architect Jean Nouvel.[5]

From 2001 to 2014, Guirao was the director of the cultural centre La Casa Encendida in Madrid. In 2013, the centre became part of the Fundación Montemadrid, and he was appointed Chief Manager of this foundation.[4]

In June 2018, Guirao was chosen to succeed Màxim Huerta as Minister of Culture and Sport, after Huerta's resignation.[1]


  1. ^ a b Redacción (14 June 2018). "José Guirao, nuevo Ministro de Cultura y de Deporte tras la dimisión de Màxim Huerta". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ "José Guirao, nuevo ministro de Cultura y Deportes tras la caída de Huerta". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  3. ^ "Quiénes somos". Fundación Montemadrid (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  4. ^ a b c d e Lorenci, Miguel (14 June 2018). "José Guirao, el ministro que se formó en Murcia". La Verdad (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. ^ Pajares, G. (13 June 2018). "José Guirao, un gestor todoterreno para sustituir a Huerta en el Ministerio de Cultura". La Razón (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Màxim Huerta
Minister of Culture and Sport