Definition of private view in English:

private view


  • An event attended by invited guests at which an art exhibition may be seen before it is opened to the public.

    ‘guests attended a private view of the exhibition last night’
    • ‘I've spent nearly all afternoon trying to produce a map for the back of a private view invitation for a group show I'm doing in mid-October.’
    • ‘He won't make it to Scotland for his private view, and is in London for only 24 hours before flying to Belgium, where yet another exhibition is opening.’
    • ‘The hotel opening coincided with a private view of this new work.’
    • ‘A private view of the exhibition, Continuum, will be held the previous evening at Keighley College's contemporary art gallery.’
    • ‘World-famous artist David Hockney has returned to his roots for a new exhibition of watercolours which opened with a private view at Salts Mill, Saltaire, in Bradford last night.’
    • ‘But the Leith-born artist plans to attend a private view of the first full retrospective of his work being held by the National Galleries of Scotland in May.’
    • ‘Come and enjoy a special private view of Matisse, His Art and His Textiles: The Fabric of Dreams which will take place after the exhibition has closed for the day to the public.’
    • ‘After the coffee and the brandy, heads of state and world leaders are, on occasion, given a visual banquet, a private view of some of the prized drawings in the Royal Collection, which includes incomparable works of art by Leonardo da Vinci.’
    • ‘The private view is packed and it's a great night - lots of socialising and sales, so we're on a high for the public opening tomorrow.’
    • ‘If you're put off private views at art galleries because of the amount of hot air floating about you'll find this bar quite refreshing.’
    • ‘My wife and I were very pleased to have been invited to the private view of the Henri Matisse exhibition.’
    • ‘On 30 September, the Californian winery Kendall-Jackson conducts a wine tasting for Benjamin West Patrons after a private view of Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters.’
    • ‘Judy Burnett is exhibiting Following The Sun, Seascapes And Landscapes, at Pocklington Arts Centre until October 30 with a private view on Sunday.’
    • ‘Yeah, I went to a private view at the Saatchi Gallery instead.’
    • ‘They told me they were going to the private view opening of a photography exhibition and suggested I tag along.’
    • ‘Entertaining also continues in Burlington House's beautiful suite of Fine Rooms, where guests can enjoy a private view of the current exhibition.’
    • ‘Patrons and Corporate Members are entitled to entertain at the Academy and to host private views of exhibitions.’
    • ‘Upstairs there was an exhibition called Trademark having its private view.’
    • ‘Shortlisted for this year's Jerwood Painting Prize, when I meet her at her studio in Leith, she is about to fly down to London for the private view of the exhibition.’
    • ‘In Mexico City the final preparations are being made for the private view of a retrospective of the work of the painter Frida Kahlo.’
    opening ceremony, official opening, launch, initiation, inauguration, institution, foundation, establishment, setting up, formation, constitution, opening night, premiere, first night, first showing
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