Hein Semke (1899-1995) was born in Hamburg and after visiting Portugal for the first time in 1929 became a permanent resident in 1932, living here until his death. Sculptor, ceramist, painter, drawer and engraver, Semke has left us a powerful ceramic work, strongly expressionist in its form which is rooted in his German culture. In 1991, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo hold a retrospective exhibition of Hein Semke’s ceramic work. Recently, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo collection was enriched with an important donation of this artist ceramic works, in a total of 209 pieces, made by Teresa Balté. Of this significant set of sculptures, busts, masks, vases, jars, plates, platters, plaques and dishes, among other types of work, testifying an unparalleled work in the scope of modern ceramics of author produced in Portugal in the 20th century, it is now exhibited a very significant selection, aiming to celebrate and to divulge the Balté’s donation.