Bug 2 Gallery was founded in 2022 in Tainan, Taiwan, by the Dutch artist Pascal van der Graaf and his Taiwanese wife, Arwen Yang.

The name "Bug 2" is from the story of the emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), who visited West Lake in Hangzhou and dwelt on the stunning views. He wrote down "虫二"(bug 2), which means "boundless beauty" because "風月"(wind and moon) refers to the beauty of the nature. When we remove the surrounding stokes of "風月", we get the central characters "虫二"(Bug 2).

Bug 2 Gallery represents mostly well-established Dutch artists whose artworks are different from the contemporary art in Taiwan or Asia in general, but connected philosophically and spiritually to the culture. In this sense the gallery has also an educational function: to broaden the perspective of art in Taiwan.

Pascal van der Graaf won the Dutch Royal Award for modern painting in 2007 and Arwen Yang holds a Ph.D. degree in ancient Chinese literature from Peking university. Pascal's knowledge of Western art combining with Arwen's knowledge of Eastern philosophy and literature gives the gallery unique approach. The East and the West are as it were conceptually combined.

All artists represented by the gallery were already working internationally but not yet in Asia. The artists aim high and so does the gallery.

虫二藝術由荷蘭藝術家帕斯卡・凡德葛瑞夫和他的台灣妻子楊雅雯,於 2022 年在台灣台南創立。

「虫二」一詞來自乾隆遊西湖之典。相傳乾隆遊西湖時,留下了「虫二」二字,即將「風月」兩字去掉外圍,寓意「風月無邊」,傳達了他對西湖之美不勝收的讚嘆。

帕斯卡・凡德葛瑞夫於 2007 年榮獲荷蘭皇家藝術獎繪畫類,楊雅雯擁有北京大學中文博士學位。帕斯卡對西方藝術的了解,加上雅雯在東方文哲的學養,結合了東西文化,賦予了畫廊獨特的氣質與內蘊。

虫二藝術主要代理知名的荷蘭藝術家,他們的作品與台灣或亞洲的當代藝術大異其趣,但在哲學、精神與文化上有所關聯;就此而言,畫廊還有一個教育的功能:拓寬台灣藝術的視野。

畫廊代理的所有藝術家都已經在國際上展開工作,但尚未涉足亞洲。 藝術家自我要求甚高,畫廊亦如是。

Bug 2 Gallery 虫二藝術