October 23, 2019

In a fight to protect the art world from collapsing or disappearing, individuals such as Baryn Futa support the creative medium while encouraging others to also do so. The Louvre in Paris, France, is the globe’s most popular museum with more than 7 million visitors per year. It also hosts some of the most well-known art, including the Mona Lisa and nearly 40,000 artifacts. The Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands holds immense interest with guests as well, boasting a reputation score of 82% and featuring prominent works by Vincent Van Gosh, such as Self-Portrait and Sunflowers. But even large, popular museums such as these are finding less interest and less financial support as 2020 approaches. Baryn Futa, and other benefactors like him, routinely remind communities of the importance these artistic works and their longevity across time. They note the need for additional support to maintain this medium and the artists contributing to it -- and that’s true for small exhibitions in small towns just as much as it is for The Louvre or Van Gogh Museum.

April 22, 2019

To many, including fine arts appreciator Baryn Futa, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is often considered the most influential museum display of modern art throughout the world. Located in New York City -- specifically in Midtown Manhattan -- the museum was first developed in 1929 by the wife of famed John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, as well as two of her friends. The family’s posh lifestyle and wealthy friends allowed it to thrive at that moment despite opening during the same time as the Wall Street crash.

The museum has flourished since opening. Today, it houses some of the world’s most eminent modern masterpieces, including Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans is also among the collections, which are more than 150,000 pieces, not including millions of film stills and films.

Baryn Futa urges not only a sincere appreciation for these pieces so delicately collected and preserved for the world to see, but also the need to support the work accomplished by the Museum of Modern Art -- a place without which the community would not have access to these fine arts. Although MoMa is a private, non-profit organization, not every museum has the same luxury with the same significant operations budget. As Futa notes, even when viewing some of the world’s most notable masterpieces, it’s a time to reflect on arts completed everywhere and funding needed for even the smallest artists.