PEOPLE, STREETS, HOUSES

Exhibition at the Pärnu Museum

From April 29th to June 26th

The meaning of the term “resort” is deeply connected with health and cure. The first bathing places in the middle of the 18th century were established with the purpose of regaining the health. Only later enterprising people got the idea to combine healing with entertainment and pleasure options. However, if there would not be the special natural resources - such as mineral water springs, healing mud, sea and the special climate - very unlikely that the resorts would develop. In the course of time the resorts became favored not only by those who suffered some physical problem, but also by those who were suffering tiredness and stress. They discovered that a resort is not only the place to improve one’s health but also the place for rest and even inspiration and creation. If we would try to make the “Encyclopedia of creations inspired by resorts”, there would be many volumes with literature, drama, art, music, architecture, science… In fact, all the fields where a man could create something new.

The resorts of the Baltic region are northerners – there are not hot summers like in the South. The season longs just 2-3 months and the water in the sea warms up just till +17 Celsius. However, northern resorts are as popular as Mediterranean or Adriatic coast. The same are the balneological spas in the North of Europe – on the same level as all the famous “badens”.

Very significant quality of the Northern resorts is they enormous popularity between creative people. It is logically because the Northern climate and nature, as well as the atmosphere of the resort, make the feeling of comfort and peace, it lets enjoy the harmony with nature and to get the balance in one’s soul.

The exhibition is made possible with the cooperation of Jurmala Society of History , Jurmala City museum ( Latvia), Sopot Museum (Poland), The Institue of the History of Architecture in St. Petersburg (Russia), Hanko Museum (Finland), Birstonas Museum (Lithuania) and Pärnu Museum (Estonia) . The exhibition is part of the project “The Northern Stars on the sea coast - the cultural heritage of the Baltic resorts”,  and is financially supported by the Northern and Baltic States Mobility program “The Culture”.