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Playing field kicks off at Tate
The Happy End of Franz Kafka's Amerika (1994)
The installation is one of four on display
An installation of an American playing field covered with various tables and chairs by artist Martin Kippenberger has gone on display at Tate Modern.

It is the first time the Kafka-inspired work, measuring 14m by 16m, has been shown in the UK.

"The Happy End of Franz Kafka's Amerika explores the fictional utopia of universal employment," said Tate Modern curator Jessica Morgan.

A retrospective of Kippenberger's work runs from 8 February until 14 May.

Among the 200 works on display will be several self-portraits and a model of the artist.

The playing field is made from green carpet, while some of the furniture was picked up from flea markets.

The German artist, who died in 1997, often hired others to create his paintings - he would just supply the images.

He would later destroy the work he had ordered others to do and then display it in a skip.

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