October 2, 2021
2 - 4 PM | FREE with Admission, FREE for Members

Pétanque with Paul Kos

Gallery 2 Petanque Court + Courtyard Tournament

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Join renowned Bay Area artist Paul Kos for an afternoon of pétanque—a French boules sport that has played a role in his artistic practice for decades.

Kos will deliver a brief lecture about his relationship with the game—and its role in the creation of his masterpiece Chartres Bleu (1982-86)—before re-dedicating his site-specific installation Zizi Va (1994), a functioning pétanque court which has been newly refurbished for ongoing public use. Finally, Kos and guests will participate in a rousing tournament, competing for a golden ball adorned with Kos’ signature as well as di Rosa memberships for each member of the winning team. RSVP is not necessary to be a spectator, but those who wish to compete in the tournament are encouraged to register ahead of time. Tournament is limited to eight teams of three. Walk-ons allowed only if there is space on the day of the event.

Please note that masks are needed to enter the indoor Tunnel and Chapel and see the beautiful interior of Chartres Bleu. Masks will not be required outside.

Do you have a team? Purchase your tickets together under one name, or include the names of the individuals (or team name) you want to be grouped with in the “comments” section of your ticket registration.

Participants without a team will be grouped into one at random.

This pétanque event is currently SOLD OUT. There is the possibility of more tickets going on sale at a later time. To get on the waiting list, please email your name to: visit@dirosaart.org with the subject line “Petanque Waiting List.” NOTE: Only the pétanque game requires a reservation to play. The ribbon-cutting and lecture portion of this day do not require a reservation, and all are welcome to attend. All are welcome to observe the pétanque game(s) in session, as well.

Paul Kos’ masterpiece Chartres Bleu, 1982-86 (left) and pétanque boules. Pétanque is sometimes called “French bocce” ball. It’s definitely different, but we invite you to give it a try if you’ve played bocce, but not played pétanque.