Landmarks Commission Approves AMNH Expansion, Prince Laid to Rest in 3-D-Printed Urn

Rendering of the interior of the Gilder Center.

Rendering of the interior of the proposed Gilder Center at the American Museum of Natural History. Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approves Natural History Museum expansion. Despite local residents’ protests to the museum’s proposed new science center—which would expand into an adjacent park—the city commission has approved designs for the $325 million, six-story structure.

Prince laid to rest inside 3-D printed ceramic replica of his Paisley Park estate. The entertainer’s ashes are now contained inside a miniature version of his Minnesota home, which features a diorama of the atrium with tiny doves, a Yamaha piano and working lights. The urn is on view in the foyer of Paisley Park, which opened to the public last week.

Google to offer virtual tours of the Venice Biennale. Google will partner with the prestigious international art exhibition for a second time, offering visitors who are unable to travel Italy for the show a glimpse at the pavilions and installations via thousands of free archival images.

Bavaria criticized again for lackluster efforts to restitute Nazi loot. Critics from a Munich newspaper allege that Bavaria has not only failed to restitute Nazi plunder returned by Allies, but that in some cases the state returned those stolen items to its museum collections and even sold pieces to the heirs of Nazis.

$10 million map of New York Harbor to go on sale at the inaugural edition of TEFAF New York. A map created in 1531 by Vesconte Maggiolo is the earliest example of a visual depiction of the harbor, and will be the most expensive map ever offered for sale on the open market when TEFAF New York opens on October 21.