The works on view in the first room of the gallery are from the 1950s. In the canvases of this period, randomness becomes a fundamental element of the artist’s creative approach, within which the image takes shape.
On the left Our Nina- Ningir sou God, 1959, is part of the first group of works produced in the mid-1950s, containing semi-geometric surfaces in dense blacks, greys, and whites. The canvases recreate arid lava fields or lunar surfaces. Our Nina – Ningir sou God retains a surrealist quality of vast unexplored dream lands.
On the right in the picture, the canvas Barometro, 1951-52, is part of the series of paintings started in 1949 in which the artist was focused on gestural work. The new process of Donati’s experimental work was through the use of special materials, such as liquefied tar and turpentine, which, once cold, solidify, becoming as hard as enamel.