Dolores Jiménez-Blanco this afternoon presented her resignation as general director of Fine Arts to the Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, as confirmed by this newspaper from sources at the top of the ministry. The art historian took office in September 2020, at the proposal of the then minister of the field, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes. Jiménez-Blanco will remain in his position until the end of the year.
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The problem with the current ministerial team, according to these sources, has exploded with the request of some autonomous communities for archaeological jewels deposited in the National Archaeological Museum. The pieces in conflict are the Lady of Elche, the Ley Flavia Malacitana (five bronze plaques from Roman times) or the Costix bulls (Talayotic bronzes). On the table, the manager has reports that contradict the transfer and Jiménez-Blanco refuses to move them from their place of custody and conservation, despite pressure from the Iceta team. This week there was a strong confrontation in the Ministry that dynamited the relationship. Ministry sources indicate that Dolores Jiménez-Blanco has expressed her desire to return to university teaching.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports highlighted with his signing that he was “highly valued in the world of the arts for his links to both the academic and the museum fields.” Jiménez-Blanco obtained his doctorate in 1987 with the thesis Contributions to the History of the Funds of the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art.