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Chapter 13 Part 2 - The Mysterious Art Museum

A street artist's life changed when he ended up at a mysterious art museum. DBT,Korean,Novel,Translation,Art,Artist,Slice of life,Poor to Rich,Mystery

Director Kim said as if it was obvious.

"I would invest all the money I have and buy them. It's a business that makes a thousand times, ten thousand times more."

Monica flicked her finger and said.

"Auguri! (Congratulations) You made a lot of money."


Monica clapped her hands softly and said.

"But this is a fantasy, right? People at that time didn't recognize the value of his paintings, and we can never travel back in time. We have to solve one of the two to make this a reality."

Monica spread two fingers and folded them one by one.

"Go back in time, or recognize the value of the future in the present."

Director Kim was the business director of MG Electronics. He didn't sit in this position by grabbing the land. He realized the hidden meaning in Monica's words.

"Are you saying that the painter who painted that picture is the future Van Gogh?"

Monica laughed and waved her hand.

"No way, Van Gogh wasn't just some guy from the neighborhood."

Monica tilted her head for a moment and then said.

"Well, now that I think about it, we can't be sure about that. No one knows how great a person he will become. But what's certain is that I, or rather we, are the only ones who have recognized his value right now. And I will not miss this opportunity. It's a perfect chance to buy future value at a bargain price, as I just said."

Although Department Head Kim was skeptical, he didn't oppose her further, considering her artistic value recognized in Italy. Instead, he shifted the conversation to business matters.

"But if that painting wins the competition, there will definitely be talk about it."

"Then don't give it the grand prize, isn't that simple?"

"Are you joking with me now?"

"No? Not at all. I'm just saying that the prize money for the competition means nothing to him."

"Most painters submitting to the competition are poor. Well, some might be company employees working in design companies. But almost none of them want to work for a company. Most want to be freelance designers or painters. The competition is very meaningful to them. It might not be worth much to Monica, but it's an area where they're putting everything on the line."

Monica leaned forward slightly, resting her chin on her hand and smiling.

"So what happens if they win the grand prize in the competition?"

Department Head Kim spoke as if asking out of ignorance.

"Of course, it becomes a part of the painter and designer's career, and with it, they gain the qualification to receive orders from companies..."

Department Head Kim stopped speaking mid-sentence, his eyes widening as he stared at Monica.

"You mean to say, give the grand prize to someone else and actually work with him? Is that what you want to say?"

Monica shrugged.

"Handing over ten million won in prize money might lead to more work, but if that doesn't work out, we'll have to go that route. If we end up making a personal contract, we'll probably have to pay more than ten million won."

Department Head Kim frowned and pondered for a moment, then nodded.

"Let's compromise and go with that. But Monica, what if the refrigerator you designed with that painting doesn't catch the business department's eye?"

Monica's expression changed.

Her face, which had seemed like flowers were about to bloom just moments ago, suddenly turned ice-cold as she glared at Department Head Kim.

Heo, the team manager, was stuck in the middle, unable to do anything, while Department Head Kim, realizing his faux pas, refused to back down.

After glaring at Department Head Kim for a while, Monica spoke.

"If that happens, I'll step down from my position as the senior designer at MG Electronics. Of course, I won't take the promised incentive."

Heo, the team manager, and Department Head Kim looked shocked. After all, she was the senior designer personally recruited by the president of MG Electronics. Department Head Kim waved his hands as if to calm her down.

"There's no need to go that far. I just meant to slightly reduce the marketing costs and production levels."

Monica still wore a cold expression as she stood up from her seat.

"Do as you please, I've lost my appetite. Sorry, but you two finish the meal. I'm leaving first."

Monica grabbed her purse and left the restaurant.

Outside the restaurant, she looked back at the building and muttered.

"This is why the company is in this state, with people like you in charge."

MG Electronics, infamous for being called spies by the marketing and design teams of Oseong Electronics.

The industry consensus is that although the quality of the products is excellent, the advertising and design are outdated and fail to properly recognize their value.

Monica checked the time on her luxury wristwatch and then called the company.

"Hello. I'm coming back now, so please make a contract for a freelance designer and put it on my desk, and also the personal information and contact information of the painter who painted that picture. Oh, since Suyeong will go out with me as an interpreter because the other person may not speak a foreign language, please prepare."

She gave simple instructions and hung up the phone. Monica shook her head as if to shake off the bad mood from the previous conversation, and her brown hair fluttered. She looked at the blue sky and smiled.

"Then shall we go meet the star of the East?"

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