Most would agree that art appreciation is a key element of every human society. Most would also agree that art should be supported. However, art is too often taken for granted and not appreciated as a priority and that is what drives Baryn Futa‘s work in support of the fine arts as both a benefactor and lover of fine art. He believes that brilliant artists are not appreciated enough to thrive and he spends a lot of time doing as much as possible to rectify that situation.
Baryn Futa believes that the arts are a necessary and defining part of any culture and that they are important to preserve for future generations. The art of the past puts us in touch with our ancestors in a way that nothing else can and we owe it to our descendants to preserve as much art as possible for the future. That makes art and art museums extremely important.
It wasn’t until he retired and began working with the Denver Art Museum that Baryn Futa began to appreciate the importance of the arts and no one was more surprised than he was by his deep attraction to the art world. He cultivated his love of the arts by attending art fairs and museum exhibitions and anything else he could find. He also attended numerous arts classes and started his own art collection, which has grown to be very extensive and impressive.
He now holds memberships in a great number of prominent art museums with impressive collections of their own, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and The Jewish Museum. As often as he can, Baryn loans pieces from his own collection to museums because he wants more people to appreciate the arts the way he does.