18 May, International Museum Day, free access.

The Pérez Simon Collection is an important private Mexican collection comprising over one thousand works of painting, sculpture, drawing, decorative arts and manuscripts. Until now it has never been presented to the public as a collection. The present exhibition at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza will focus on the painting collection. A selection of 57 paintings dating from the 14th to the 19th century has been made from the more than 400 masterpieces in the collection. They include outstanding examples of Italian, German, Flemish, Dutch, French and English painting. The section devoted to the 19th century will be particularly important, as it is one of the most significant areas of the collection, notable for its Victorian paintings. The exhibition will include paintings by Bronzino, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jan and Pieter Brueghel, Van Dyck, Rubens, Canaletto, Giambattista Tiepolo, Goya, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.