After the open process by the National Service of Cultural Heritage in which participated 58 applicants, the architect Fernando Pérez Oyarzún won the competition for having the position of Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA).
Fernando Pérez (1950) is an intellectual, researcher and academic. He is an Architect at the Catholic University of Chile (PUC), 1977; Doctor Architect at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, UPC, 1981. He was dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of the PUC between 1990 and 2000, where he served as an academic since 1974, being currently a full professor. At the same time, he was director of the School of Architecture of the PUC between 1987 and 1990 and director of the Cultural Heritage Center at the same university. He has been Visiting Design Critic of Harvard University in 1990, Visiting Fellow of the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Cambridge in 1996 and Simón Bolívar Professor of the same university in 2000. During 2007 he was Research Fellow of the Swedish Center for the Advanced Study.
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In parallel, he has practiced professionally as an architect, having dedicated himself to the promotion of cultures, arts, history, music, theater and urban planning, among others.
The recently confirmed authority has had a relevant influence in the artistic, cultural and patrimonial field in Chile, with around 50 years of experience, characterized by its ability to lead major projects at a national and international level. Some of his works and research have been exhibited and published in Chile and it is worth mentioning that Fernando Pérez promoted the program “The City and the Words” – the winner of the Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Studies of the PUC – a cycle that he has convened since 2007 important national and international thinkers, writers and creators, including Nobel Prizes.
“We are very happy that such a relevant figure as Fernando Pérez has been the winner of this public contest. We are sure that together with the team of the National Museum of Fine Arts and in the context of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, will face in the best way the challenges of this fundamental institution of the cultural history of Chile whose mission is to protect , project and disseminate a patrimonial heritage that belongs to all Chileans, to put it in the place it deserves and corresponds to its mission, “said the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Consuelo Valdés.
“His extensive career as an academic, researcher and manager in the field of cultural heritage shows us his leadership and management capacity to take on this great task entrusted to him. The challenges of this institution are wide and of diverse nature, from the improvement of the financing scheme, infrastructure to the revision of the curatorial and museographic policies to place the museum in a fruitful dialogue in the national and international context, always facing the citizenship “explains Minister Valdés.
The new director must hold the position for three years – renewable to a second term – and will have as mission to specify the guidelines of the new Strategic Plan of the Museum. Among them, the team definition of a policy of collections, exhibitions and programming stands out, facing the interests of people and communities, advancing in models of management, financing, conservation, heritage and infrastructure. Likewise, it must implement an organic structure, and maintain a management system based on processes and indicators, among the multiple challenges of its position.
The contest was held following the modifications defined in Law 21,045 and Decree with Force of Law No. 35 created by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. There it was established that in a first call the contest would limit the universe of applicants to public officials, and if it were declared deserted, a new contest would be opened for external applicants, including foreigners with Chilean citizenship. In this second stage, 58 people participated, of which 24 passed the curriculum stage, 12 took the technical test and 6 passed the psycho-physical examination.