With the exhibition Deconstructivist Architecture (23.6.-30.8.1988 at MoMA, New York), seven persons all linked by new design vocabulary step by step onto the world stage architecture. As one of the protagonists, Peter Eiserman even describes the exhibition as "the death knell for postmodernism". In the official press release of the exhibition curated by old master Philip Johnson together with Mark Wigley there is talk of the emergence of a new sensitivity in architecture.
"Deconstructivism" takes a philosophical term formed by Jacques Derrida as a basis: "deconstruction". Translated into architecture, deconstructivism breaks through the firm order and refuses orthogonal facade or spatial structures. Archotectonic elements such as roofs, stairs, doors and windows are ascribed a nearly sculptural importance, which leads to the dynamization of architecture. Ten years earlier Frank O.Gehry already created the first deconstructivist building in Santa Monica with his own residence. The further developement of the architects originating from seven countries runs parallel, all seven lay down remarkable careers after 1988: the Pritzker Prize winners Frank O. Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas, but also Coop Himmelb(l)au, Peter Eiserman, Daniel Liebeskind and Bernhard Tschumi.
*I am grateful for useful information from exhibition "Am Ende: Architektur. Zeitreisen 1959 – 2019" in Architekturzentrum Wien