Explore the life and career of one of the 20th century’s leading forces in Modernist design.
In the centenary year of his birth, Bernat Klein: Design in Colour celebrates the work of the Serbian-born textile designer Bernat Klein (1922 - 2014) who settled in the Scottish Borders after the Second World War.
The exhibition will examine his creative process and varied career, from supplying innovative couture fabrics to some of Europe’s top fashion houses to his strong influence on architecture and interior design in the UK and Scandinavia.
National Museums Scotland acquired his archive in 2010. This internationally significant collection of around 4,000 objects ranges from fabrics and garments to design development material. Marking the centenary of Klein’s birth, our exhibition is part of a series of cultural events developed by the Bernat Klein Foundation to celebrate the designer in 2022.
We will display highlights from the collection (including couture fashion, interior designs, textiles and original artworks) alongside newly acquired pieces which contextualise Klein’s work and recognise his legacy. Made possible with Art Fund support through the New Collecting Awards, these acquisitions include creations by fellow textile designers Ascher Ltd and Tibor Reich.