The eternal starting point of the Museum of Sworn Spray

The piano on which he rehearsed those songs that are now the history of Spanish music. The bold and ostentatious costumes with which it dazzled the audience in each performance. The long list of awards and accolades for a glittering musical career that ended with an early death. Much of what was Rocío Jurado and what is already his eternal myth is locked up in a Museum of Chipiona that languishes waiting for an agreement stuck at the starting point for eight years.

The museum facility has become "the fish that bites its tail", as recognized by the delegate of Culture in office of the City Council of Cador, Javier Díaz. The artist's eldest daughter and heiress to most of her legacy, Rocío Carrasco, still does not give her permission for the building to open its doors, although it is practically ready since the exhibition montage was completed in 2011. Carrasco does not trust that the judicial process due to irregularities in the management of subsidies ends up affecting the objects that she must officially assign to the City Council.

This past June 1, 2019 was celebrated the 13th anniversary of the death of Rocío Jurado in the shadow of doubt that the conflict is even close to being settled and with a new added impediment. Last January, the current acting mayor, Isabel Jurado (PP), resumed contacts with Carrasco to unlock the opening of the equipment after years of silence. "Since then, they have kept in touch over the phone," Diaz says. The artist's daughter had not moved from her stance, but at least the negotiation had resumed. However, the electoral results of the municipal ones of the last 26-M threaten to bring the whole process back to the origin.

La tumba de Rocío Jurado en Chipiona.zoom in The tomb of Jurado Spray in Chipiona. CORDON PRESS

The current acting councillor has lost the election and the new city government is subject to a difficult agreement in which the presence of Isabel Jurado as mayor becomes complicated. It will be up to the new government team to draw new bridges with Carrasco somewhat, in itself, complicated, as evidenced by the limited progress in recent years in reaching a definitive solution. And, in turn, the lack of this agreement leaves in the dead any kind of advance that the museum also needs to see the light.

The artist's extensive material legacy is composed of more than 400 dresses, furniture or awards and has been in an administrative limbo for more than eight years. The City Council received all the material from the artist and came to equip the museum with him, but did not rubric the agreement of transfer of goods, necessary to go ahead with the process. Today, the Consistory continues to guard these assets and take care of their proper preservation, despite no signing of assignment.

The reason for the blockade are the doubts that generate in Rocío Carrasco a legal process indirectly linked to the building that houses the museum. Between 2008 and 2010, the mayor (then a socialist) resorted to the state Reindustrialization Plan, known as Reindus, to finance the Palace of Fairs and Exhibitions that houses the museum. When the PP arrived at the Mayor's Office in 2011, he noticed possible irregularities in the processing of these grants and personified a court case that led to the investigation of the excmayor Manuel García, and his councilors of Urbanism and the spokeswoman of the time and today c socialist andidata, Maria Naval.

José Ortega Cano, en un homenaje a Rocío Jurado en Chipiona por el aniversario de su muerte, en junio de 2018.
zoom in José Ortega Cano, in a tribute to Rocío Jurado in Chipiona for the anniversary of his death, in June 2018. CORDON PRESS

However, this judicial process does not in itself affect the museum building. "Construction is totally legal," Diaz adds. Therefore, the edil says "do not understand" Carrasco's refusal to give the concession alitising agreement. In November 2017, the City Council offered the heiress the payment of an annual fee of 30,000 euros for the goods. Carrasco's response was to request access to the building's building's building file, more than 7,000 pages that the City Council made available to it, in person or by shipment if requested. "But we have no record of anyone ever coming or asking for a copy," the councilman adds.

Rocío Carrasco's refusal to sign the agreement means that the next steps the museum requires can't even kick-start. For example, the Consistory cannot apply to the Junta de Andalucía for missing investments as the goods are not officially transferred, as Diaz explains. Nor can public or private management consider that makes its openness feasible without moving forward in this first step.

The blockade of recent negotiations reached its zenith last summer, when the mayor came to threaten a plan b: enable an exhibition room with gifts that the artist made to neighbors of the village. Following the notice, both sides resumed negotiations and, although Carrasco did not appear to have moved from his stance, the return of the contacts gave wings to hope. Now, the new government that results in this coming Saturday's inauguration must once again gain the trust of the artist's daughter.

The constant rumor of a move

The town of Chipiona plays a lot in negotiations with Rocío Carrasco to get the museum opened. The singer Rocío Jurado made clear her love for her hometown and the province of Cadiz, but the legacy of the artist is not lacking in boyfriends. Chipiona's own acting Culture Delegate, Javier Díaz, acknowledges that the rumor that Carrasco might contemplate moving the goods to another location returns to Chipiona every few days. Meanwhile, the heritage of "the largest" remains under lock and key in a locality that, for now, only offers interested visitors the possibility to visit the tomb of the artist, the exterior of her family home and a monument dedicated to the singer.

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