1926, in reference to an abstract artistic and theatrical movement, emphasizing machines and mechanical devices, begun in Russia c. 1920, from Russian konstruktivizm; see constructive + -ism. Related: Constructivist.
THE out-and-out Constructivists have announced that the stage setting not only must be stripped of every shred of adventitious decoration but must be conceived anti-decoratively. [Sheldon Cheney, "Constructivism," Theatre Arts, vol. xi, 1927]