Pallarols Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Juan Carlos Pallarols is an internationally renowned Argentine silversmith. He has made pieces of great aesthetic, technical and historical value, such as the Bastones de Mando of several Argentine presidents, official gifts commissioned by different leaders, and special works for companies and organizations and even papal chalices.

From 1750 in Barcelona and arriving in Buenos Aires in 1804 the surname Pallarols and seven generations of silversmiths have made goldplatense goldwork a glory of international repercussion.

He has put his knowledge at the service of Creole traditions, with special mention being made of his participation in the Creole Silver Exhibition of Mar del Plata (1999) and his Sample of the Recado, at the Argentine Rural Exhibition (Buenos Aires, 2001). He currently resides in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Telmo, where he has his workshop, a sales office, and a small family museum that is visited among others by art institutes, tourists, officials, and artists from all over the world.

He is son of Carlos Pallarols Cuni, recognized Catalan silversmith, like his grandfathers Jose Pallarols and several ancestors: the Workshop Pallarols existed already in 1750.

In June 1982 he made a chalice with which John Paul II performed the Mass for Peace in Buenos Aires, a work of great significance at a special moment for the country: the Falklands War.

He participated in many national and international exhibitions, including his participation in the Argentine Pavilion at the exhibition in Paris (1984), Seville (1992), “Juan Carlos Pallarols, Goldsmith” (Paris, 1997) “,” Gala Night in Homage To the Argentine Culture “organized by the Metropolitan Opera of New York (1998), and in the framework of the Centenary of the Friendly Relations between Japan and Argentina (Tokyo, 1998).

The Deliberative Council of the city of Buenos Aires designated him Citizen Illustrious in 1996.

The Deliberative Council of the City of Buenos Aires designated him Illustrious Citizen on June 19, 1996, in recognition of his artistic trajectory and his participation in the Argentine culture.

He has presented a series of specials that investigate the changes that the gold produced in the humanity emitted by the signal of videocable “The History Channel”.

One of the peculiarities of Juan Carlos Pallarols is to invite his clients to work in the creation of the works that commission him to make them participate in the realization of his wishes.

Pallarols’s father created a cane for President Arturo Illia, but he did not receive it, since Luis Ricciardi was doing it by then. Until 1983, the Argentine presidential cane was made with Malacca cane, details of solid gold and a pair of tassels. With the return of democracy, the new President of the Argentine Nation, Raul Alfonsin, despite the discontent of the Military House – an institution that used to deal with matters of protocol and ceremonial – privileged the model proposed by the artist in style European level used by previous presidents and dictators.

From the presidency of Alfonsin the presidential sticks are made with Creole and noble wood of urunday – provided of an excellent vein, shine and incorruptible wood – and the preferred metal is the silver. According to the presidential cane made in 1983, Juan Carlos Pallarols makes the preparation of the Argentine Presidential Staff every December 10 of the year prior to the beginning of a democratic government in Argentina.

Papal chalice: During the effective papacy of Benedict XVI, Juan Carlos Pallarols’ reputation was such that the Holy See entrusted him with the papal chalice, with Pope Francisco, Juan Carlos Pallarols made the new chalice, of 1/4 of capacity, Smooth in its cup, with a “knot” in the foot, although signed by more than fifteen million people to have imprinted with a slight hammer of only 4 gr on a varnish of sealing.

Works in the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona: In the year 2014 Juan Carlos Pallarols has been commissioned the realization of sculptures of 6,50 m of height, of silver color although they are realized with special alloy of airplanes, such sculptures are pinaculares in the towers Of 135 m of height of the celebrated basilica of the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona.

Giant sculpture of Christ project: Pallarols has among his magnificent projects the sculpture of a giant statue of Jesus Christ (45 m high) on the banks of the Paraná River in the Argentine province of Entre Ríos.

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