April 21, 2021

Fernando Francés is the new Secretary General of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía | Culture

Fernando Francés is the new Secretary General of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía | Culture

Fernando Francés, director of the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) of Malaga, is from this Tuesday the new General Secretary of Cultural Innovation and Museums of the Junta de Andalucía. His appointment, approved this morning by the Governing Council of the Andalusian administration, is accompanied by Almudena Bocanegra, current manager of the Malaga cultural space and who will now be the head of the Andalusian Agency of Cultural Institutions of the Ministry of Culture.

Frances has confirmed that in his new position he will also have more members of his current team in the CAC, although he has not wanted to disclose their names yet. French comes to this public position after more than 15 years at the head of CAC Málaga, the 16th anniversary is celebrated this coming Sunday. In this period he has managed to consolidate the museum as one of the most visited in the city, being a pioneer in the promotion of contemporary art in the capital of the Costa del Sol. He now abandons his address "after demonstrating in all this time what can be done make thanks to numerous quality initiatives ", according to his words. "I've always been critical of how culture was being managed in Andalusia and that now it's up to me to interpret it in all areas is an exciting challenge," he explained to EL PAÍS. Among its new functions include the design of strategies and resources in the field of theater, music, visual arts, flamenco, dance, film and audiovisual arts. "It's a great opportunity and I have not hesitated to throw myself into the puddle," added the already former director of CAC Málaga.

The appointment is made at a time when French is listed as investigated in the judicial process opened by the Invader case. This began when the Environmental Prosecutor's Office filed a complaint against the French artist for the installation of two mosaics in two buildings cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) in the historical case of Malaga. During the proceedings, the investigating court number 6 called to declare to French for a possible relationship with Invader, as it is alleged that he invited him to do some thirty works throughout the city, something he denied before the judge. Recently it was also splashed in a controversy over the contracts awarded to his company for the management of the Art Museum of the Diputación (MAD) of Antequera and the Málaga Arte Urbano Soho festival (Soho) of the capital of Malaga. The Prosecutor's Office of Malaga filed the proceedings in February 2018.

The CAC Málaga is currently open to a public contest with which the team that will manage the center for the next five years will be decided on a base bidding budget of 12.9 million euros. Fernando Francés was part of one of the six offers presented through his firm Gestión Cultural y Comunicación. However, this Monday the company sold, distancing itself from the project. "I no longer have charge or actions or any relationship with her," he assured. In the proposal to the contest should be detailed the organization chart that would manage the museum, but French believes that changes of names due to his appointment should not affect the procedure. On the contrary, it emphasizes that the company now has "more chances to win" because who has taken their reins "has much more curriculum and experience." "They have bet at the highest level with a person of great international prestige and be able to contribute a lot to Malaga," insisted the new Secretary General of Cultural Innovation and Museums of the Junta de Andalucía.

The Contemporary Art Center of Malaga has announced a press conference for tomorrow, Wednesday, announcing who will occupy the positions of management and management, as well as part of the new team. All this will remain in expectation of the decision that should be taken by the committee that evaluates half a dozen proposals submitted before next April 30.

In almost 16 years of history, more than 5.5 million people have passed through the CAC in Malaga, who have enjoyed local artist exhibitions, but also numerous international exhibitions, among them those by Ai Wei Wei, Gerhard Richter, Obey, Marina Abramovic, Gilbert & George, Erwin Olaf, Mark Ryden or Ron Mueck.


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