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Spotlight On: Bernat Klein

8 Dec 2022
14:00 - 15:00

Auditorium, Level 1

Age 14+

Free, booking required 

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Oil painting entitled 'Tulip', Bernat Klein, 1962.

© National Museums Scotland

Oil painting entitled 'Tulip', Bernat Klein, 1962.

© National Museums Scotland

Inspired by our exhibition, Bernat Klein: Design in Colour, curator Lisa Mason discusses Bernat Klein’s legacy and how his design philosophy can influence personal style, colour psychology and wellbeing today.

Textile artist and designer Bernat Klein put Scottish fashion textiles on the map during the 1960s. Based in the Scottish Borders, he produced colourful mohairs and tweeds inspired by the landscape around his home and studio. These innovative fashion fabrics were purchased by the couture houses of Europe.

National Museums Scotland holds the archive of this visionary textile designer, comprising over 4,000 items, including garments, textiles, paintings and press material.

Lisa Mason, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design, will discuss Bernat’s career and highlight key archive pieces within National Museum Scotland’s collections. Lisa will explore contemporary attitudes to sustainability in fashion and textiles today and discuss what we can learn from Bernat’s design philosophy.

This event includes audience Q&A. Our exhibition Bernat Klein: Design in Colour is free entry and will be open to visit on the day.


8 Dec 2022


14:00 - 15:00




Following the presentation there will be the opportunity for questions from the audience. We will ask that questions be submitted digitally via mobile phone. Full details will be explained on the day. Questions can also be submitted in advance by emailing

Getting here

Enter the museum from the main public entrance on Chambers Street.

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  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.  
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium. 
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 

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