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José Guirao Cabrera (born on 9 June 1959 in Pulpí) is a Spanish cultural manager and art expert who serves as Minister of Culture and Sport in the government of Pedro Sánchez.[1] He is also Member of the Congress of Deputies.

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
Born (1959-06-09) 9 June 1959 (age 60)
Pulpí, Spain
Political partySpanish Socialist Workers' Party
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 Foundation 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 is the son of Lucas Guirao Valverde and Mercedes Cabrera Rodríguez.[4] He is the youngest of four brothers; Bernardino, Beatriz and Ana Isabel.[5] Guirao graduated in Spanish Philology from the University of Murcia, although he studied one of the grades in the University of Granada.[6] His deskmate was Luis García Montero, current Director of Cervantes Institute.[7] Guirao was the manager of the Cultural Department of the Provincial Council of Almería from 1983 to 1987.[6]

From 1988 to 1993, Guirao occupied the position of Chief Manager of Cultural Assets at the Regional Government of Andalusia.[6]

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.[6] During his tenure, the project of the expansion of the museum was awarded to architect Jean Nouvel.[8]

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.[6]

José Guirao is a member of the Federico García Lorca Foundation, of the Antonio Gala Fundation and of the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engraving Foundation. In addition, he is a guest professor of the Master's Degree in Cultural Management at the Carlos III University of Madrid.

In June 2018, Guirao was chosen to succeed Màxim Huerta as Minister of Culture and Sport, after Huerta's resignation.[1] In March 2019, the Provincial Committee of the PSOE chose him to be first in the electoral list to the Congress of Deputies for the constituency of Almería.[9] He was elected MP in the general election of April.[10]


  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. ^ "«Nunca me imaginé que mi hijo llegara a un cargo como este»". Ideal (in Spanish). 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  5. ^ Murcia, La Opinión de. "Sobre Pepe Guirao, ministro de Cultura". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Hoy, Granada (2018-06-15). "El día que Pepe pasó a ser José Guirao, el nuevo ministro". Granada Hoy (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "El ministro de Cultura, José Guirao, cabeza de lista del PSOE por Almería". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  10. ^ "El PSOE y PP empatan a dos diputados en Almería y VOX logra un escaño". La Vanguardia. 2019-04-28. Retrieved 2019-06-23.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Màxim Huerta
Minister of Culture and Sport