Definition of vernissage in US English:

vernissage

noun

  • A private viewing of paintings before public exhibition.

    • ‘This area can be reserved for vernissages or other private events.’
    • ‘The works are displayed around the walls on steel beams, stacked four high; ‘skied’ like some industrial version of a 19th century vernissage.’
    • ‘Most vernissages are boring, you have a couple bottles of wine and a few peanuts.’
    • ‘A curator's talk and vernissage take place Nov.14 at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery of Concordia (1400 de Maisonneuve W.).’
    • ‘Their cherry beer will premier at the vernissage for Geneviève Oligny's cherry-praising lantern series Queues de la cerise.’
    • ‘The vernissage is on Sept.13 at 2 p.m., runs until Oct.18.’
    • ‘With the exception of its poorly attended Rothko Retrospective, tonight, Nov.13, at 8 p.m., marks Bifteck's first official hi-culture vernissage.’
    • ‘Angel also sold paintings in California, and had a vernissage at Chroma Gallery in Savanna, Georgia, which he calls his favourite city.’
    • ‘Oil paintings are hung two or three deep in the manner of an 18th century vernissage.’
    • ‘Have you noticed how everyone turns out in black these days at vernissages?’
    • ‘The opening night vernissage will benefit the Norton Museum of Art.’
    • ‘As the beer was chilling for the vernissage of the dual exhibition Fra Delinquenti, the Mirror sat the duo down for a compare-as-you-dare chat.’
    • ‘‘This isn't a vernissage,’ says MarieLyne Tarabulsy matter-of-factly.’
    • ‘The vernissage goes down Nov.9, 7-10 p.m., with an electronic performance by Gepdi.’
    • ‘On April 30, 1884, invited guests lined up at the Palais de l' Industrie for the vernissage, the exclusive preview of the Salon.’
    • ‘‘This TV show called Play came down to my vernissage and the host was dressed in pyjamas,’ she remembers.’
    • ‘Those so inclined can raise a glass at the vernissage, Tuesday, Feb.20, 6 p.m. at the MAI.’
    • ‘Local art adorns the walls on the second floor, and the space is sometimes reserved for vernissages and Concordia-related events.’
    • ‘Before long, fate delivered him to a vernissage where Régine Chassagne was singing.’
    • ‘Tomorrow Philgood and partner db will be hosting a vernissage at their own Center Records store on St-Laurent (north of Laurier).’
    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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Origin

French, literally ‘varnishing’, originally referring to the day prior to an exhibition when artists were allowed to retouch and varnish hung work.

Pronunciation

vernissage

/ˌvərnəˈsäZH/