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National Heritage does not settle down: four presidents and five managers in six years

National Heritage do not settle down. The resignation as president of María Llanos Castellanos at the end of July and the appointment of Ana de la Cueva, former Secretary of State for the Economy, seemed to bring peace to the year and a half of dismissals and resignations that characterized the management of Oscar’s new number two López in the Cabinet of President Pedro Sánchez. However, the newly appointed president has ruled out the last manager of the National Heritage Board of Directors appointed by Castellanos, Lorena González Olivares, who took office last March and has held it for just five months.

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In its place, as determined by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday and ratified by the BOE, María Dolores Menéndez Company arrives, to date Deputy Director General of Financial Administration and Senior Official Office in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. Before, this official of the Technical Scale for the management of autonomous organizations, had been appointed General Secretary of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.

These continuous alterations in the National Heritage dome in the last six years, make it the institution with the least stability of the entire Presidency and, possibly, of the set of public cultural centers dependent on the State. Since 2015, four presidents and five managers have passed through the highest offices of the body responsible for disseminating the values ​​of the monarchy and its historical-artistic heritage.

Lorena González Olivares replaces José Luis Masegosa Carrillo, who was appointed manager at the end of September 2020 and lasted in the house for just over six months. Masegosa entered as the right hand of María Llanos but could not bear the turbulence that was experienced in the institution that has been a bottomless pit of the kings. Through her accounts, expenses of Corinna’s house were paid, the salaries and travel of the personnel displaced to the United Arab Emirates to assist the king emeritus, the payrolls of 100 Zarzuela employees, those of the Fortuna crew or the maintenance of three swimming pools.

Block resignations

The resignation of Masegosa was added to that of José Luis Díez as director of the Museum of the Royal Collections, before the opening of the center. Together with Díez and Masegosa Four more people left: the director of administration and media, the person in charge of computer systems, the person in charge of Human Resources and Pilar de Navascués, deputy director of the Museum of Royal Collections.

Masegosa, an official of the Higher Corps of Civil Administrations of the State, had previously worked under Llanos Castellanos, as director of the Technical Cabinet of the General Secretariat for Territorial Coordination in the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Function. The then president of Patrimonio Nacional once again trusted Masegosa when Ernesto Abati García-Manso (manager of former President Alfredo Pérez-Armiñán) was dismissed from his position as Managing Director, after two years leading the technical decisions of Patrimonio Nacional, as the management of the Basilica and the Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen. Abati in turn replaced, in September 2018, the one who had been his superior until that moment, Alicia Pastor, manager of the house since 2012, along with José Rodríguez-Spiteri.

One of the latest errors attributed to the National Heritage management is the denial of recognition of the three-year terms of a chef, whose first claim was filed during García-Manso’s management period. Justice has just sentenced Patrimonio for this.

In the midst of this gibberish, the future of the Museum of the Royal Collections is pending. With the departure of José Luis Díez in October, given the impossibility of continuing to work independently on the artistic project, Leticia Ruiz, former curator of the Prado Museum, was appointed director of the future center. With each new director and manager at the helm of National Heritage, the museum enters an editorial review process to determine what it wants to count to the one and a half million visitors it hopes to attract per year.

Last February, the then president Llanos Castellanos promised to inaugurate within a year, at the end of 2022, the Museum of the Royal Collections with a different museography from that of Díez. In principle, this fall National Heritage will present this new assembly and rereading of the artistic pieces that have accompanied the Austria House and the Bourbons.

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