TIME Unveils ‘Most Beautiful Cover We’ve Ever Done’ (PHOTO)

Managing Editor Rick Stengel appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” early Thursday to present TIME Magazine’s newest cover. The art is the work of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, who was famously detained in a secret prison for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government.

“I actually think it’s the most beautiful cover we’ve ever done in our history,” Managing Editor Rick Stengel told Morning Joe.

Weiwei used the ancient Chinese technique of papercutting for the cover design, which accompanies “How China Sees The World,” a report on Xi Jinping’s leadership by the magazine’s China Bureau Chief Hannah Beech.