The Sense Of Beauty

2017 | Full HD | 6 x 52 | Italian – English

Filming and Direction by Massimo Brega

Music by Petteri Sainio

Script writer Dominic Frisby

“Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. Instead it lies deep in our minds”. (Denis Dutton, Philosopher). Did you know about it? We are all interested in beauty and we think to know all about beauty but: Where does it stem from? How and why seems changing through time and places? Does a universal beauty really exist? One for all: What is beauty?

It is this very question regarding “the oldest concept in the arts, but also the most subversive, dangerous and contemporary” (Jonathan Jones – art critic) that kicks off “The Sense Of Beauty”, a new series in which art and knowledge become the lenses to discover beauty and all its power, entirety and fascination.

Six episodes aimed at arousing our curiosity and inspiring new questions in our minds, guided by inventive and talented actor, comedian and writer Dominic Frisby together with artists, art critics, philosophers and scientists.

We start from Amigdala, the oldest work of art ever to see where beauty comes from. We look at western masterpiecies through the centuries and go deep into asiatic art to investigate different “senses” of beauty. We learn what happens in our brain when experiencing beauty. We discuss beauty in art and and show the facts that seem to prove that a big percentage of art works on the market are false. We experience beauty through world heritage sites and inaccessible places like Mt Athos in Greece.

In other words we compose a revealing portrait of beauty, featured by the rich, sophisticated imagery that is the hallmark of director, Massimo Brega.

To know, at the end, that beauty truly is our sixth sense.

Money Art

2015 | Full HD | Color | 4 x 52 min | Italian – English

2016 | Full HD | Color | 1 x 58 min or 1 x 52min | English

In collaboration with RAI 5

by Massimo Brega

Music by Pino Donaggio

Script writer Dominic Frisby

Money and art: two worlds, seemingly far apart, but in actuality closely intertwined.
Guided by Jacques Attali and Marina Abramovic who act as contributors, together with contemporary artists, art and economy historians, collectors and art personalities, we cross continents intriguing the viewers gradually revealing them unknown, curious, passionate stories that connect historical events and financial innovations to art.
We introduce the renaissance-era mogul Jacob Fugger “the Rich”, banker and financier to emperors and popes, patron of such artists as Durer, Michelangelo, Bramante, and Rafael and manager of the Vatican mint. To see how banks continue to invest into art nowadays we visit Deutsche Bank offices in Frankfurt, London and New York showing one of the most
important collection of contemporary art.
We tell the story of the perilous life of the contentious but extraordinary figure John Law and his “invention” of a currency system based on paper rather than on precious metals. This innovation would mark the beginning of a new era. We go to New York to discover how his story ended up and how money since then has become a tool to promote the
image of a Country.
We present the twentieth Century economist John Maynard Keynes, father of macroeconomic theory, patron of the arts, art collector, advocate for public financing of art and artists, and member of the Bloomsbury group of intellectuals. We then fly to Mexico to see how this State is now acting as Keynes predicted, financing art and allowing artists to pay tax
through their works of art.
To analyze the relationship between art and money we visit sites that are closed to the public, such as the Regional Historic Center in Maastricht that hide John Law’s art collection register and Uli Sigg’s private island,  home of  the most relevant collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world.
The narrative is supported by rich and sophisticated images, featuring the high-quality photography that is the hallmark of director Massimo Brega. It enables the viewer to see some of the world’s most famous works of art up close and transports the viewer inside the places that are relevant to this captivating story.
Money Art’s musics are by reknown composer Pino Donaggio, the author of “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield  and Elvis Presley. He works regularly with US director Brian De Palma.
In 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award  from the World Soundtrack Academy.