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Koons, 52-Ton Tank, Sleazy Star Enliven European Summer: Preview

The Venice Biennale (June 4-Nov. 27) is always the same, and always different.

It’s the world’s most colossal jamboree of contemporary art and reliably huge -- in fact, huger every time. Long ago it overflowed the public gardens where the whole event began, and now there’s scarcely a church or palazzo in town that’s not pressed into service as an exhibition space or party venue.