Private view

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A private view is a special viewing of an art exhibition by invitation only, normal at the start of a public exhibition.[1] Typically wine and light refreshments are served on the form of a reception. If the artworks are by a living artist, it is normal for them to attend the private view.

An opening of an art exhibition which is open to the public is known as a vernissage.


  1. ^ Alice-Azania Jarvis, How to behave at a private view..., The Independent, 10 October 2008.